The WTF Faces of Australian Open 2014: Part I

Vera Zvonareva Australian Open 2014 Casey Dellacqua match towel over head photos pictures
Welcome back, Vera.

Tennis fans watching the Australian Open witnessed a lot of big WTF moments with the draw, as top seeds went out earlier than predicted to unexpected conquerors. But in a two-week tournament, there are so many things to think “WTF?” over, and it’s often written all over the players’ faces. We decided to revisit the AO14 and all the frustrations it can conjure, for tennis pros and spectators alike.

First, and probably most common, is that exasperated “WTF was that?” from the players themselves–when they hit a shot long, or wide, or so far long and wide it lands on another court…

Ajla Tomljanovic bad shot Sloane Stephens match Australian Open photos
Ajla Tomljanovic, in her match against Sloane Stephens.
Samantha Stosur Australian Open cringe Ana Ivanovic match photos hot pink dress
Sam Stosur, in her match against a very inspired Ana Ivanovic.
Ana Ivanovic frustrated pose missed shot blue draped neck dress orange visor photos
Ana had her turn to be frustrated by Sam…
Agnieszka Radwanska puckered bitch please expression Muguruza match Austrlain Open pics 2014
Aga Radwanska, tackling upstart Garbine Muguruza.

Ana Ivanovic can be very expressive, outside of her wee fist pumps. This one may be our favorite “WTF” of all…

Ana Ivanovic spaz moment Serbian player Adidas dress crazy gesture after getting passed by Sam Stosur
Getting passed at the net is never a good feeling…

Sometimes it’s just an all-encompassing “WTF am I even DOING here?” kind of moment…

Sloane Stephens struggling in her match against Tomljanovic neon coral dress turquoise headband hands on hips
Sloane Stephens, who eventually gritted out the win against Ajla Tomljanovic
Frank Dancevic dejected exhausted after Benoit Paire match in brutal heat Australian Open
Frank Dancevic, wondering WTF they’re doing out in the extreme, Snoopy-hallucination-inducing heat.

It’s not always negative, though. Sometimes there’s a “WTF, did that go IN?” moment on the player’s own shot.

Ricardas Rycka Berankis holy shit line clipper look in Dolgopolov match Australian Open first round
Ricardas (Ricky!) Berankis, having a moment of glory against Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Then there’s the “WTF…dude…hahaa” when your opponent is just too damn good.

Thanasi Kokkinakis laughing hands on hips Rafael Nadal match great shot Aussie Open Rod Laver Arena
Thanasi Kokkinakis, marveling at the Wonder of Rafa.
Blaz Kavcic laughing at great winning shot from Roger Federer opening round Australian Open bright green shirt photos
Blaz Kavcic, wondering WTF was that winner from the mighty Federer.

Roger himself can be quite stoic during a match, but as he fought through another Fedal match at the Australian Open, we could hear the “Ugggghhh” in this “WTFuuuuu…”

Roger Federer disappointed in missed shot frustrated body language Rafael Nadal match AO 2014 pictures photos screencaps

Even though he won, Rafa struggled with many “WTF was that?” times of his own…

Rafael Nadal Rafa frustration gritted teeth groaning over missed shots errors in Roger Federer match red pale blue kit Aussie Open

After their epic battles, the winners then had to face the gauntlet of “fun” Australian Open post-match interviews. Though most queries were harmless, many players nonetheless had some some suspicious, “WTF curve ball are you going to throw me next?” expressions on their faces.

Stanislas Wawrinka post match interview Tommy Robredo match not impressed expression
Stan Wawrinka, eventual winner of the event, questioned by the normally stellar Jim Courier about crap that happened 2 years ago…
Agnieszka Radwanska Aggie angry face suspicious of interview questions Australian Open
An intense Aga Radwanska. And no, that is not Jim Courier.
Sloane Stephens, after her win against Tomljanovic skeptical dare you look to interviewer
Sloane Stephens. If looks could kill, this Also Not Jim Courier would have incinerated on the spot.
Rafael Nadal Jim Courier interview nervous suspicious about questions Tomic match retirement AO
Rafael Nadal, wondering WTF he can possibly be asked after winning on a Tomic retirement…

Sometimes a retiring player has to deal with a big “WTF?” from the crowd…

Bernard Tomic raises hands to plead apologize to Aussie crowd after retirement to Rafa in first round
Bernard Tomic, trying to placate the fans in his first round bow-out to Rafa Nadal.

Sometimes we just look at the crowd and go…”WTF?”

Aussie Fanatics AO 14

And then there’s Fabio…king of the “WTF” moment…

Fabio Fognini lying on court sprawled on ground Querrey match AO 2014 pics

And while we expect most tennis fans would give the good-natured Tomas Berdych the biggest “WTF?” for his Australian Open outfit…

Tomas Berdych blue white stripes red shorts white cap photos kit pictures

We have to give an honorable mention to the Nike Fail Tomljanovic got stuck with…

Ajla Tomljanovic ill-fitting bad Nike outfit racerback tiny hot pink skirt photos pictures screencaps Australian Open 2014

Go head to: WTF Part II, Line Calls and F’in Finals…


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