Paris - Volatile Russian Mikhail Youzhny smashed the same racquet nine times on Monday, sending splinters spiralling into the air and ball boys running for cover in a stunning French Open meltdown.
VIDEO: Mikhail Youzhny smashes his racquet
Youzhny boiled over after he slipped a set and 3-0 down to Tommy Haas in the
last-16 at Roland Garros with the random act of violence becoming an instant
"You try and do all you can to help yourself. I tried it this way, but it
doesn't help really," said 29-year-old Youzhny, who slumped to a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
defeat to Haas on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Youzhny is notorious on tour for his hair-trigger temper.
At Miami in 2008, playing Spain's Nicolas Almagro, he smashed his racquet on
his head so violently that blood poured onto the court.
He insisted that his racquet sponsor, Head, will not be concerned about the
"I have been with Head for 20 years. You want me to go to another company and
break their racquets?," he said.
Last year, as he suffered a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 thrashing by Spain's
David Ferrer at Roland Garros, Youzhny wrote "SORRY!" with his racket
on the red clay, in apology to the spectators.