Tennis Mistakes Of 5 Grand Slam Winners That Changed Lives

Mistakes Of 5 Grand Slam Winners That Changed Lives Forever

5 Grand Slam winners that will shock you with their regrettable confession ever made. Check this out for yourself.

As humans we all have our good and bad days. However, some mistakes we commit can tarnish our days forever. Tennis mistakes are not exceptional.

However, some mistakes can make you pay dearly and even for a lifetime whether the mistake was done intentionally or accidentally. Here are 5 tennis world champions that confessed their regrettable mistakes that has changed their lives forever.

Despite being the top in the Grand Slam winner list, a few worst moments in their lives as tennis players had a significant impact. Having done a thorough research, I found out that most of the mistakes committed by these tennis world champions could have been avoided.

However, due to having a poor judgement at that time the Grand Slam winners jumped from a frying pan into the fire.

Grand Slam Tennis Winner Regrettable Mistake

1. Rafael Nadal

As of October 2020, Nadal topped the Grand Slam tournament with 20 titles. Nadal has won several titles in Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open, and the U.S Open. He is among the outstanding tennis champions in the world among the tennis men’s Grand Slam winners.

Not all Nadal Grand Slams was a walk in the park, some were tough moments. Rafael Nadal had a confession to make about a mistake he has been doing that he now has to live with regrets.

In fact, Nadal may have to live with the negative consequences as a result of his irrational decisions. Here is Rafael Nadal injury history that is full of regrets.

In an interview to Mundo Deportivo, a Spanish sports newspaper, Nadal had a confession to make concerning his injuries. As documented by Tennis World USA, Nadal says ‘many times I push my body to the limit, I will definitely have to face it in the future. The knees, feet, joints and hip. We are in a hard sport and we play on a very aggressive surfaces’.

The confession came when Nadal was nursing his injuries and realized he has been doing too much of injustice to his body. For instance, Nadal faked his capability to play the 2012 Wimbledon tournament with a knee injury that had not yet recovered.

Despite trying hard to play with a painful knee injury, Rafael Nadal knee injury made him lost the match to his competitor Rosol Lukas. Thereafter he took a 7 months medical leave for the remaining year and resumed to play tennis in 2013.

He still did the same mistake three years later. In 2016, Nadal had a wrist injury. His wrist became more strained since hitting a tennis ball involves a lot of wrist movement. He still lost the game to Roland Gorros and went home to further nurse his injuries.

Nadal claimed that now he knows the damage he is causing his body and is acting cautiously to make rational decision to protect his body. Besides, even if he strains his body at his youthful age he is still the one to suffer more in the years to come yet he desires a good life even after retiring from the tennis sports.

2. Maria Shapova

Among the woman Grand Slam winners, Maria Shapova is among the few tennis players to win Grand Slam titles. Before she got banned in her tennis career for her mistakes, Maria Shapova had won 5 titles of the Grand Slam tournament including 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, 2008 Australian Open, 2012 French Open, and 2014 French Open.

In a recorded statement by The National News, Maria Shapova interview statement was that “I made a huge mistake. I let my fans down that I’ve been playing since the age of four that I love so deeply”. Shapova was tearful.

Shapova regretful confession came after the tennis champion failed a drug test. Since the year 2006, Shapova has been addicted to a drug named Meldonium that was added to a drug ban list in 2016 by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The player confessed not to have been aware of the additional drug ban list addition.

According to WADA, meldonium side effects has the capabilities of enhancing a players capabilities. Critics claim that Shapova could have won all her titles are a result of being under meldonium drug. Shapova was banned from playing tennis sport for 2 years due to the failed drug test.

3. Roger Federer

Roger Federer is among the male tennis players who has won the most number of international tennis game titles. As of October 2020, Roger Federer tennis matches resulted in a win of 20 Grand Slam titles being an accumulated titles for winning Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open, and the US Open.

Despite being the tennis super star, Roger Federer best moments have often been overshadowed with worst moments. Roger Federer has a confession to make of the most regretful mistake he ever did as a superstar. Often, Federer has a great taste of fashion both inside the tennis court and outside the court either on casual occasions or formal occasions.

However, during an award ceremony where he was going to publicly lift his trophy Federer mistakable choice of fashion caught the attention of the media. The whole viewers and fans were all shocked at what their eyes had to see and Federer claims to be totally embarrassed. This is what happened.

According to business insider, here is Federer actual confession made 10 years later after the event. “Back in 2005 or 2006, I was so excited I won, I wanted to put on the whole outfit we’d made together. I went to receive the trophy and as I walk down, I’m a bit nervous and as I put my hands in my pockets, I realize that the pockets are going backwards.”

“I was like, it’s too late! I can’t change them anymore! I lifted the trophy and the pants were on backwards. You could hardly see it, but I think one British media picked it up and were like, ‘What’s going on? He’s got the zipper at the back’. That was quite embarrassing”.

That is one of regretful memories of Federer as the actual event occurred in 2007. To date, Roger Federer backwards pants event is still fresh in his mind.

Federer still regrets being overcome with excitement to a point of having to wear his trouser backwards. However, he says that nowadays he is quite keen about his fashion and how to put on as he doesn’t want to experience another global embarrassing moments.

4. Novak Djokovic

As of October 2020, Novak had won 17 Grand Slam tennis titles. He has become a runner up on several occasion. Actually, Djokovic is competitive tennis competitor to Nadal and Federer who has the top tennis championships titles.

The regretful worst moments happened during Novak Djokovic US Open 2020. Djokovic hits line judge. Although he claims his act was unintentional, Novak Djokovic hit hard a tennis ball with his racket that ended up hitting a female judge at the back court. His action was triggered by anger after he went down 6-5 with his tennis player opponent Pablo Carreno Busta.

In a recorded statement by The National News, Novak Djokovic regretfully said, “I’m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong. I apologize to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated for my behavior. I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being.”

Despite Djokovic being apologetic to the line judge whom after check was not seriously injured, Novak Djokovic was disqualified from the US Open. All points he had already won in the US Open were cancelled.

Perhaps that is how Djokovic only had 17 titles in 2020. Maybe he could have performed better were it not for his mistake that made him came after Federer, and Nadal.

5. Serena Williams

Serena Williams is the super star tennis player among the women Grand Slam winners. Serena had won most Grand Slam women’s titles and as of October 2020, she had 23 titles.

In fact, of all tennis Grand Slam winners, Serena tops in tennis Grand Slam winners most titles winner. As an outstanding tennis player, she had had a number of bad days in the filled most of which she has been heavily fined.

During the practice for the 2019 Wimbledon tournament, Serena found herself in the wrong side of the All England Club. Serena threw her racket on the tennis court during the practice that was alleged to have damaged the court. In fact, Serena was penalized $10,000 for her racket damages.

However, this is what Serena had to say perhaps not with any regrets from her statement recorded by CBS Sports “I just threw my racquet. I got fined. I have always been an Avenger in my heart. Maybe I’m super strong,” Williams said. It was so bad for Serena to have a negative cash deductions even before playing her tournament.

Related: Who has won all 4 Grand Slams in the same year?


It is evident that despite having victorious moments as tennis global champions, some moments can create bad memories that sometimes one may wish that event never happened. Rafael Nadal, Maria Shapova, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovi, and Serena Williams just a sampled few tennis Grand Slam winners had their bad days. However, all actions including tennis mistakes have consequences and sometimes a player is forced to live with the consequences forever.

Related Articles

Tennis News Today

Who Has Won All 4 Grand Slams In The Same Year?

Why Are Tennis Skirts So Short?

How Long Does A Tennis Game Last?

Why Are Tennis Balls So Expensive?

Brett Haber

My goal is simple: to immerse you in the world of tennis like never before. Whether it's analyzing the strategies of top players, delving into the history of the sport, or offering insightful commentary on current events, my words aim to entertain, inform, and ignite your own passion for tennis. Join me on this thrilling journey through the courts, and let's ace this adventure together!

Recent Posts