3 Ways Jerzy Janowicz Could’ve Prevented His Tennis Tantrum At Australian Open 2013

by Head Coach

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Jerzy Janowicz Falling To His Knees During Tantrum At Australian Open 2013

The Fury of Jerzy Janowicz

Now, we all get a little frustrated on the court sometimes. Often times, we’re mad at ourselves, because we made an error that we would never make in practice.

Sometimes, we’re mad at our opponent, thinking “how can you be so good!? I hate you!!”

And, like Polish pro Jerzy Janowicz, sometimes we get mad at the line judge because we feel she’s a lying old bag that’s had it in for us from the start!

But still, you never *SAY* such things! It’s unprofessional, it’s uncouth, and it makes you look like a petulant dope.

Jerzy Janowicz was leading 9-8 in a very crucial tiebreak at the Australian Open against his opponent, Somdev Devvarman. When Devvarman hit a forehand right on the line, Janowicz let it go, thinking it was out.

As it happened, the line judge ruled that it was actually in, and it was tied up 9-9. Now, there are many things you can do when this sort of thing happens.

You can keep your cool and just continue playing, silently disagreeing with the line judge and cursing your luck.

You can also curse the line judge under your breath, and make a note to send them a pair of prescription glasses for Christmas.

But one thing you DON’T DO is exactly what Jerzy Janowicz did do: He fell to his knees and started screaming, belting out at the top of his lungs like he was trying out for the lead role in A Street Car Named Desire.

But it wasn’t “Stella” that he was yelling for, but the chair umpire, Marija Cicak. Jerzy Janowicz even walked up to her chair and began yelling “How many times!? How many times!!?”

This line of questioning was due to the fact that Jerzy suspected Cicak of being biased against him, having earlier made a call that he didn’t agree with.

And it didn’t stop there.  Jerzy Janowicz kept flipping out in the next set, throwing a water bottle across the court and lobbing more insults at Cicak.

He even hit her chair, which is a strict no-no in any kind of situation, much less during the Australian Open on live television!

As it turned out, Janowicz ended up winning the match 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5. Yes, after all that screaming, melodrama, and whining, Jerzy Janowicz still won.

If the world was fair, he would have lost the match simply because he lost his cool. Because the truth is that nobody was thinking about Janowicz’s hard-fought victory in a ruthless four hour match.

All their minds were locked on was the fact that he acted like a total brat that was just told by his mom that he couldn’t go to Disneyland that day.

Now, to be fair, it can be pretty hard to maintain poise and dignity when you feel like the whole court is against you, especially when you’re on such a big stage.

But that said, you don’t want to look like good ol’ Jerz (…and completely lose it), do you? Of course not. So here’s some tips on how to become the Anti-Janowicz.

3 Calming Strategies Jerzy Janowicz Should’ve Considered During His Second Round Match At The Australian Open 2013


Calming Strategy #1: Deep Breathing

In between sets, focus on deep-breathing exercises (…the deeper and more controlled, the better) to keep you from flipping out like Mel Gibson in a….well, any scenario.

Inhale long and slow and then exhale in the same way. The Diaphragmatic Breath Technique works incredibly well for these situations. It’s a very special and powerful breathing method that can do wonders for your results.

I go into much more detail here: http://www.tennismindcamp.com/course.html

If you’re prone to outbursts both on and off the court, it would behoove you to practice some type of breathing exercises.

Then, once you find a few that work for you, I strongly urge you to execute and go through them throughout the day, not just right before you’re about to rip off the line judge’s or your opponent’s head (…a la Jerzy Janowicz).

Repetition is the mother of skill. It’s better and much easier to do when both your body and mind are already conditioned to do it.

Your results might not be as good if you decide to surprise yourself, and expect it to work when you’re already not thinking clearly and completely out of whack to begin with.

Calming Strategy #2: Use your Imagination

Believe it or not, imagery can be insanely powerful in helping you remain calm. So listen, when you feel like you just can’t take anymore of this abuse from your opponent, from the umpire, or even the crowd, just take yourself out of the game for a moment.

Now, this doesn’t mean throw your racket down and storm off, though: Instead, you should imagine a peaceful scenario inside your head.

It could be a rainy summer night or a peaceful autumn scene, your favorite flavor of birthday cake, or even the feeling you had after a long restful nap – whatever makes you feel good and secure inside.

Do this in between points and both your mind and muscles will begin to relax and become less tense. You’ll begin to hit much better balls, your game will feel a lot more fluid, and you’ll be having a lot more fun out there.

Oh and of course, this will help you avoid screaming like a raving lunatic (…a la Jerzy Janowicz).

Calming Strategy #3: Use Humor

Oh yeah, be funny. Or as the infamous rapper Ice Cube would say, “Laugh now, Cry later.”

Nothing defuses a tense situation like a little bit of comedy. If Jerzy had made a joke at his own expense, or laughed inwardly about the whole thing (…like Lakers Center, Dwight Howard, often does) he wouldn’t have had such a bittersweet victory.

Try to see the funny side of anything that’s plaguing you on the court, and you’ll be much less likely to explode into a murderous rage.

Because frankly, all getting upset will do for you is raise your blood pressure, shorten your life span, and provide media outlets like TMZ, The Tennis Channel, and ESPN with material for those watching to laugh at.

NOTE: It also helps to have a funny joke in your head ahead of time, one that you can return to whenever things get a little too tense out there. Here’s a good one: “A blind man walks into a bar.”

So, have fun out there… After all, it’s just tennis icon wink 3 Ways Jerzy Janowicz Could’ve Prevented His Tennis Tantrum At Australian Open 2013 .

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Have a great day, and an even better game!


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }


Fortunately most of us are not like that or tennis would not be that

enjoyable a sport as we know it


Head Coach

@Joseph: Yeah, I know this was definitely an extreme case. Most of us wouldn’t dream of taking it that far. It almost looked as if he was having some kind of medical or psychological emergency. But that said, many of us can have a “dark side” when the pressure is at it’s greatest! ;)


I love your humor Brian. You are so funny! Thanks for the great tips!

Head Coach

@Nadia: Thanks Nadia for the kind feedback! Hopefully, humor makes things a little more fun and interesting. I’m not a fan of being bland. It’s boring! And with tennis being so fun to both play and watch, it just wouldn’t be right otherwise ;) .

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