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The 25 most spectacular athlete meltdowns of all time

Yardbarker Logo By Chris Mueller of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 25: McEnroe remains tennis' all-time bad boy, and the British tabloids labeled him "Superbrat" early in his career. He authored his signature meltdown moment in 1981 at Wimbledon when he erupted after a shot of his was called out. McEnroe unloaded on the umpire, screaming, "You cannot be serious; that ball was on the line." The first half of his protestation became legendary in both the tennis world and the sports world at large, and despite all his accomplishments, he remains arguably the most famous — or infamous — moment of his career.

John McEnroe

McEnroe remains tennis' all-time bad boy, and the British tabloids labeled him "Superbrat" early in his career. He authored his signature meltdown moment in 1981 at Wimbledon when he erupted after a shot of his was called out. McEnroe unloaded on the umpire, screaming, "You cannot be serious; that ball was on the line." The first half of his protest became legendary in both the tennis world and the sports world at large, and despite all his accomplishments, the moment remains arguably the most famous — or infamous — of his career.

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