Top 10 Most Controversial Tennis Players of All Time

7. Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick

Roddick – Controversial Tennis Players of All Time

He´s the last American tennis player who won a Grand Slam and reached the final stages of every major tournament, having his incredible serve as a lethal weapon which makes him very difficult to beat.

However, besides his incredible abilities and sweaty hat, what everyone remembers about Roddick was his annoying temper, a feature that usually turns the match he was playing in an unpredictable state in which he could get stronger and smash his opponent, or get distracted and stupidly receive penalty points, insult the chair umpire, loss against anyone, or cruelly make fun of the line umpire.

6. Marat Safin

Marat Safin

Safin – The legendary Controversial Tennis Players of All Time

To be the best player of all time is required to have a great talent and a strong personality, a combination that some of the greatest ever as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Pete Sampras always had. In his time, many people thought that Safin will achieve that glorious position because he had those two features.

The problem was that his temper was huger than his talent, making him a player that loses his head when things did not go well. This is something that constantly played against him in instances where having a calm mind is the best weapon, transforming his beautiful tennis into a compound of insults to the umpires and broken rackets. Out of the courts, he was known for enjoying the night life, hanging out with beautiful women, and driving fast cars.

5. Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi

Agassi – The Most Controversial Tennis Players of All Time

This is definitely one of the most important tennis players in the history, not only because of his majestic skills with the racket and his eight Grand Slam titles, but also because of a charisma and a fashion style that turns him into a show-man who ended up popularizing this sport in the nineties.

Besides the colorful outfits and a the cool attitude that everyone saw when he played, Agassi showed his true colors in his autobiography, where he revealed a very dark side no one knew: his problems with drugs, his lies, his unhappiness, and his acid criticism towards other players like Boris Becker or Michael Chang.

4. Ilie Nastase

Ilie Nastase

Nastase – Controversial Tennis Star

Everyone calls him “Nasty”, and he is one of the few who has come to turn tennis into an art form, thanks to the undeniable aesthetic of his game. The thing is that this Romanian player was also a very controversial figure both in the court and in his personal life.

When he wasn’t playing, he claimed to have slept with more than two thousand women, and when he was, he actually used to talk with the public, destroying the racket when he was upset, and sometimes throwing balls against the umpires. One of the most controversial moments occurred when he was about to play with the legendary Arthur Ashe in a double match, and he entered with his face painted in black, receiving a tremendous disapproval from the public.

3. John McEnroe

Most Controversial Tennis Players

McEnroe – One of the Most Controversial Tennis Players

If we´re talking about frantic tennis players, this is probably the best example of all, because throughout his successful career, the common denominator wasn’t only the incredibly points or the trophies, but also a series of outburst that constantly showed in the court, whether to drain his rage, distract his rival, or both.

The indomitable “Big Mac”, the one who fought epic battles against legends as Jimmy Connors or Bjorn Borg, used to intimidate the chair umpire by yelling insults and questioning his decisions, usually getting penalty points or even the disqualification because of his unnecessary rudeness. Although he is one of the best players of all time, the madness was his trademark.

2. Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors

Connors – The Controversial Tennis Star

After Rafael Nadal , he is probably the player with the most winning personality of all time, achieving nothing less than eight Grand Slam titles, and being one of the first to execute the two-handed backhands, an style that many player constantly use these days.

Nevertheless, his competitive side always turns him into a rage machine which tended to outburst against the chair umpire, the public, and everyone who stand between him and the victory, creating a beast that polarized the public into lovers and haters.

Connors starred in one of the most exciting rivalries ever against McEnroe , in which every single match was an intense battle of egos where both gave a display of class and brazenness at the same time.

1. Daniel Koellerer

Daniel Koellerer

Controversial Tennis Players – Koellerer

He has the dubious distinction of being the first tennis player banned from the sport for life for match-fixing after being found guilty of three charges, including the attempting to contrive the outcome of an event.

After he was removed, he issued incendiary comments in which he accused the ATP of being a mafia, Rafael Nadal for consuming doping drugs, and David Ferrer for being a heavy smoker.

He also said that match fixing was something very common in this sport, because this was an easy way for a player to get some extra money.

Top 10 Most Controversial Tennis Players of All Time

1. Daniel Koellerer
2. Jimmy Connors
3. John McEnroe
4. Illie Nastase
5. Andre Agassi
6. Marat Safin
7. Andy Roddick
8. Michael Chang
9. Ernests Gulbis
10. Lleyton Hewitt

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