John McEnroe, at the 1990 Australian Open, while talking to the tournament supervisor: “Just go f— your mother.”
Greg Rusedski at the 2003 Wimbledon Championships: Rusedski made it clear how annoyed he was that a spectator had called a ball out during a match against Andy Roddick. “I can’t do anything if the crowd f—— calls it, can I? F—— ridiculous. Some w—– in the crowd changed the whole match and you allowed it to happen. Well done, well done, well done, absolute s—.”
Jimmy Connors curses in the clay. Connors was playing under captain Arthur Ashe in the Davis Cup and, according to one account, “a miscommunication left Connors waiting in the freezing cold for an hour outside the locked practice facility – when he got inside, the infuriated Connors scrawled ‘F— you’ in huge letters on the soft clay and left”.
Ilie Nastase analyses Marcelo Rios: “He’s the worst p—- I ever met. His game? I don’t give a s— about that.”
Maria Sharapova to the Parisian crowd one year at Roland Garros: “Allez up your f—— ass.”
Radek Stepanek to Janko Tipsarevic at a Davis Cup tie this year: Tipsarevic has alleged that Stepanek called him “a stinking —-“.
Roger Federer in the 2009 US Open final: Federer complained to the umpire that Juan Martin del Potro was taking too long to decide whether he was going to challenge a call or not. When the umpire seemed to suggest that Federer should stop complaining, the microphones picked up the Swiss telling the official: “Don’t tell me to be quiet, okay? When I want to talk, I’ll talk. I don’t give a s— what he said.”
John Mcenroe: Martin Amis once wrote of the New Yorker’s language: “By turning my TV up dangerously loud, I once heard McEnroe mutter to a linesman (and this wasn’t a grand slam event but one of those German greed fests where the first prize is something like a gold helicopter), ‘get your f—— head out of your f—— a——-‘.”
David Nalbandian, addressing the Wimbledon crowds one summer: “You f—— English whores.”
Serena Williams in the 2009 US Open final: Here is what the American said to a line-judge who had called her for a foot-fault: “I swear to God I’m going to take this ball and shove it down your f—— throat, you hear that? I swear to God.”