The first racket didn’t see it coming. But it all happened so fast.
Ryan Harrison had just missed a volley at the end of a long rally against lower-seeded Bosnian Damir Dzumhur when he walked to his chair at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. on Friday where the brand-new Babolat racket was casually leaning. The racket looked ready to enter the match, but it never got the chance. Instead of grabbing the handle, Harrison lifted his foot and smashed the racket in half.
At least three other stringed victims would follow (some say four) after the next point sent Harrison, the No. 43 ranked tennis player in the world, out of the tournament. (Warning: the below video, which claims Harrison smashed five rackets is gruesome if you hate waste.)
The 24-year-old American’s outburst came less than a month after he captured his first ATP singles title in Memphis, but the disappointing start at Indian Wells (he exited the first round following the 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 loss) appeared to destroy the high he achieved just weeks ago.
And while some have called the tantrum “embarrassing,” not everyone feels that way — including, it appears, the player himself.
On Saturday, Harrison posted a picture of one of his four demolished rackets to Instagram, and ended the caption with, “Time to keep pushing and stay positive.”
You do you, friend.
Obviously, though, this isn’t the first time a tennis player has freaked out on a racket. Serena Williams has crushed a few in her past (just not four in a row). At least fans can rest assured, Harrison didn’t go full McEnroe. At just 24 years old, however, there’s still time.