15 March 2001
From Goran's post-match interview after losing to Kafelnikov
Interviewers - black
Goran - sage.
Was it a good toss when you tossed it?
Yeah. I had to be careful because there were a lot of ballboys there, to aim it. I wanted to throw it harder. I say, "Man, be careful because a lot of traffic there. If you hit somebody, you going to be escorted out of the court and pay big fine."
Actually, I tossed it nicely, landed nicely, like airplane. No warning, beautiful. That's the art of throwing racquets.
Was that a throw or a follow through?
You have to know how to throw the racquet. You have to know how to break the racquet. Especially when there's a lot of ballboys, chair umpire, you have to know how to land it. High, then land it nicely, no damage, nobody was hit. It's nice. You don't get warning. Perfect. You get your anger outside of you. Smart, smart to throw the racquet.
Is that kind of a lost art, with the exception of Safin?
Yes, some of them, they miss that. Some of them, they have it. Some of them, they throw the racquet. Some of them, they don't know how to throw the racquet. If they don't know, they going to learn. If they don't learn, what can you do?
Who would you think would be a particularly good racquet thrower?
Safin is the man. And he's a great tennis player.