Thursday, April 3, 2008


A tennis tantrum by Russian Mikhail Youzhny left him bloodied but made him a YouTube celebrity.

Ain't America great?

When Youzhny hit a backhand into the net during his third-round match Monday at the Sony Ericsson Open, he angrily whacked himself in the head three times with his racket strings. The forehand to the forehead sent a thick stream of blood running from above his hairline down his nose nearly to his mouth.

He's just an excitable boy...

By Wednesday afternoon, video of the tantrum had drawn more than a half million hits on YouTube.

"I saw that," said James Blake, who lost in the quarterfinals Wednesday. "That was pretty funny -- not for Mikhail, I'm sure.

"Mardy Fish does that. He punches the strings and ends up bleeding on his knuckles. I did that as a kid and I kind of stopped doing that. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense."

The fact that the commentators do everything but call him a moron makes the clip.

(Photo by Hassan Ammar/AFP/Getty Images)

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