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Busted Racquet

Ernests Gulbis introduces us to the 2014 Grand Slam season with this smashed racquet

Busted Racquet

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With the 2014 Australian Open season kicking off this week, we wouldn't live up to the namesake of this website if we didn't post the first smashed racquet of the 2014 Grand Slam season.

It came from Ernests Gulbis, who was up against Juan Monaco in his first round match in Melbourne and after getting trounced in the first set 6-1 and facing a potential tiebreaker in the second set his frustration came out after missing an easy volley that gave Monaco a break point.

Gulbis smashed his racquet, but I thought the immediate walk to get a new one was maybe the best part of the whole episode. No pause, no waiting, just a smash and a walk and an eventual match win for the 25-year-old who advanced to the second round in Melbourne for just the second time in his career.

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