This week on Tennis Channel Live, fans are getting a closer look at The Ten, a countdown series examining groups like hot heads, trailblazers, rivalries and upsets.
The hotheads countdown was dissected closely on Thursday by Tracy Austin, Brett Haber, Prakash Amritraj and Jimmy Arias, so let's break down each fit-throwing ATP star that made the cut.
In his defense, Nalbandian only really ever had one major blowup in his career. But he made it count by getting defaulted from the Queen's Club final in 2012.
It was the shin-kick seen 'round the tennis world. ????— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) May 14, 2020
David Nalbandian's hot-head moment was a one-off, but that doesn't exempt it from our list.
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The Australian has had more downs than ups in his career, largely thanks to an overall bad attitude.
Like Nalbandian, Tarango really only flipped out meteorically one time but he'll never, ever, ever live it down.
A bad boy on and off the court, and a husband/wife hothead duo. ????— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) May 14, 2020
Bernard Tomic and Jeff Tarango come in at spots #9 and #8 →https://t.co/tPoe44TDv0#TCLive | @BrettHaber | @thetracyaustin | @ariastennis | @PrakashAmritraj pic.twitter.com/xGPjU8B0KZ
Many might argue that Kyrgios should be way closer to No. 1 on this list.
It's no secret that @NickKyrgios has the swagger, the talent, and the entertainment factor.— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) May 14, 2020
That's probably why the Australian showman is one of the favorite and most frustrating hotheads in the game. ????
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The Croatian had a way of making his meltdowns both entertaining and kind of poetic.
If Goran Ivanišević (our "benign hothead") had an angel and a devil on either shoulder, the devil could certainly take over on court. ????— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) May 14, 2020
Still, @BrettHaber, @thetracyaustin, @ariastennis, and @PrakashAmritraj recall how amazing Good Goran could really be. ????#TCLive pic.twitter.com/v8jVCHOMOm
The two-time Grand Slam champion was as fiery as he was powerful on court, yet sometimes his temper cost him wins.
Though more famous for his passionate spirit than his negative energy, Connors wasn't afraid to let it out and say how he really feels.
"This is what they came for!"— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) May 14, 2020
The line that we all know and love.
"Tennis brat" @JimmyConnors earns spot #4 for his temper and ability to turn it into power.@BrettHaber, @thetracyaustin, @ariastennis, and @PrakashAmritraj recall his legacy on #TCLive→https://t.co/tPoe44TDv0 pic.twitter.com/p5g4NfC3sF
The Italian has been in some hot water with the ATP a few times, but somehow his charm still comes through.
The King of Italian insults. ????— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) May 14, 2020
For Fabio Fognini, it's the little things that turn into the BIG explosions.@BrettHaber, @thetracyaustin, @ariastennis, and @PrakashAmritraj break down why the hotheaded Italian comes in at #3→https://t.co/tPoe44TDv0#TCLive pic.twitter.com/dPVBIOJGT1
The Romanian will forever be synonymous with being "nasty" and it's a reputation he's carried over into his Fed Cup coaching career.
Ahh, Nasty. The nickname speaks for itself.— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) May 14, 2020
Ilie Năstase was an incredible talent, and an even more incredible hothead.
And he was responsible for the creation of the ATP Code of Conduct, of course. ????
The former No. 1 takes spot #2 on our list →https://t.co/tPoe44TDv0#TCLive pic.twitter.com/i3mNWiM9s8
No one is better suited for the top job of tennis' "bad boy" than McEnroe.
Raise your hand if you saw this coming. ✋— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) May 14, 2020
And if you didn’t…”You cannot be serious!”
John McEnroe tops our list as the #1 hothead.
Do you agree or disagree?@BrettHaber | @thetracyaustin | @PrakashAmritraj | @ariastennis | #TCLive pic.twitter.com/GBqUJBLAaw