Obnoxiousness as a tennis strategy
Imagine, if you will, someone who plays tennis TO the crowd. Someone who goes all Jimmy Connors after every great point. Who taunts the opponent after winners. Who doesn't give a fig about getting along or being liked by the other players. Who takes a bow after touch shots. Someone who behaves like a combination of Mansour Bahrami, McEnroe, Connors, Gilbert, Robin Soderling and Yulia Putintseva.
I'm imagining the sort of person who would kick over Nadal's water bottles; who would imitate Nadal's butt-picking; who would imitate Pova's and Azarenka's shreiking to their faces; who would imitate Pova's stutter-step and fist-pump, or Petra's dog-yip; who would shush a hostile crowd like Berdych did once after beating Nadal, or tell the hecklers "Allez up your effing ass" like Pova once did; who would stand at the service line to receive, like Aga once did to Pova; who would bump into the opponent like Spirlea did to Venus, or Nadal did to Rosol this year at Wimbledon. Or who would say something during the changeover just to wind the opponent up.
And I don't mean someone who does these things only after mighty provocation. I mean someone who comes out intending to do these things, looking for an opportunity to mess with the opponent's concentration and temper. Someone who would break out Serena's crip walk not only after winning a tournament, but after hitting a winner. Someone who would make each match a crazy circus that would drive the opponent nuts and entertain the crowd royally.
Wouldn't it be great?
Why isn't there some great heel to make tennis entertaining? I don't care if it's on the ATP or WTA. I think it would work wonders, be incredibly entertaining, and have great results. It should preferably be someone who has great touch and a top 10 game.
"I really have friends on the tour, and I'm really happy for it. ...I remember when I was young and someone told my father that I'm too nice for tennis. So I'm just glad that I can be nice off the court and fighting on the court." — Petra Kvitova, May 8, 2005
P. Kvitova def. S. Williams 6-2, 6-3