Some players try to stifle Tennis Hate by sitting underneath their towels during changeovers. Juan Martin del Potro couldn't wait that long.
As he walked to his seat after losing a third set tiebreaker to Novak Djokovic in their memorable Wimbledon semi-final, he pulled his shirt over his head, creating a Tennis Hate burka.
Del Po also tried to dispel the noise in his head by talking. He chatted up spectators. He scolded the ball, and showed it how it should have rolled over to Djokovic's side after hitting the net cord. He even talked to Nole, after a sprint toward the ball sent him to his opponent's half of the court.
The crowd loved it, and reporters pointed that out to a dejected del Po after the grueling, 4-hour, 43 minute match.
Q: What do you think they liked in you that gave them so much joy, they wanted to support you so much?
DEL POTRO: Yeah, I think they saw my effort, my big effort. [...] Of course, I would like to say thank you to the crowd. They help me a lot to survive in the fourth set and keep trying. I think I will be happy in a few days.
Q: Do you realize that you won the hearts of many people because you, yourself, play with an open heart on the court?
DEL POTRO: Yeah, but first i would like to win.