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Cody
12-05-2009, 12:17 PM
All this doom and gloom about ratings are taking over.
Here is a thread to have a bit of fun.

My tennis habit would be wiping the bottom of my shoes with my hands on important points. its pretty gross.

sureshs
12-05-2009, 12:26 PM
Losing..........

Cody
12-05-2009, 12:30 PM
Losing..........

Don't joke with me sureshs :twisted:

Your post count at least upgrades your NTRP by 2.0

Cindysphinx
12-05-2009, 01:49 PM
I'm a walking display of weird twitches and mannerisms.

Let's see.

Before each serve, I kick the toe of my right foot into the ground to start my service motion.

Before each serve -- now this is before the toe tap -- I tap the ground with my racket in the spot my toss should bounce if I don't hit it. If it is a big point, I will draw an X with my racket. On clay, the X will be in the right spot the next time I go to serve, which shows I am lining up in the exact same spot. I think this is cool.

I talk during points. There's the usual stuff -- "Bounce it!" -- but there are some weird ones too. Like a lob goes up: "You! No wait, I'm here, I'll get it. You stay there."

I tug at the bottoms of my skirts a lot, as I am certain my butt is hanging out and no one told me.

I need help.

Xisbum
12-05-2009, 01:57 PM
A good tennis buddy once told me that I stick out my tongue during the service motion, a la Mike Jordan. Don't know if I still do it or not, but it must have looked strange. :oops:

sphinx780
12-05-2009, 01:58 PM
Tapping my wedding ring against the throat of my racquet while waiting to return serve.

Maybe I should be putting that nervous energy into my footwork...

retlod
12-05-2009, 04:09 PM
I choose which racquet I use based on what kind of balls we're playing with.

fruitytennis1
12-05-2009, 05:38 PM
On big point when im returning ill tap my racquet on the ground then spin then tap the spin the tap then spin until their service motion starts.

Cody
12-05-2009, 05:46 PM
On big point when im returning ill tap my racquet on the ground then spin then tap the spin the tap then spin until their service motion starts.

I just do a double tap on the ground and sink into my ready position


Today i noticed that i always wipe my shoulder on my forehand even when i'm not sweaty, kinda like what roddick does with his pulling of the shirt.

raiden031
12-06-2009, 04:09 AM
I spend too much time practicing shadow strokes and footwork in between points. For example, I will use the cross-over steps to return to my starting position. Or when my opponent is retrieving a ball to serve, I will practice my own service motion.

Lakers4Life
12-06-2009, 04:14 AM
I must bounce the ball with my tossing hand twice before starting my serve. If I mess up I start over.

jb193
12-06-2009, 06:59 AM
I am just like that guy in Goodfellas who says everything twice. When the ball is "back", I will say "Back back" or if its out, I will say "it's out, it's out"... I just can't stop myself....

I have this friend who knocks his shoes with his racquet like they do at the French Open, but in our case, their is no clay to knock off our shoe, but he does think he is cool when he does it...

Lame_Backhand
12-06-2009, 08:23 AM
When serving, I bounce the ball behind the baseline with my Racquet (4) times, then I step up to the baseline to serve, and bounce it (3) times with my tossing hand, then I begin the service motion.....:mad:

ttbrowne
12-06-2009, 09:37 AM
I play with my mouth open a lot of times. Bugs the heck outta me.

onehandbh
12-06-2009, 11:03 AM
I always turn my racquet so that the same side of the racquet
hits FH's each time. I get used the grip a certain way and it
feels weird for me when i turn the racquet and hit w/the other
side.

back when I was playing tournaments, if the match was
around lunch time, I'd bring a big loaf of French bread and
eat it at every changeover. I'd usually be done eating the
whole loaf by the end of the match unless the match finished
quickly.

uk_skippy
12-06-2009, 11:15 AM
Tapping my wedding ring against the throat of my racquet while waiting to return serve.

I can't play with my wedding ring on as it taps against the frame. Conversely I must wear a watch, and even though I'm right-handed I wear it on my right wrist.

Regards

Paul

jserve
12-06-2009, 12:03 PM
I name all my raquets.

Fedace
12-06-2009, 12:07 PM
I yell Cmon to my opponents like Hewitt does. but not as Often. and i found out that this ticks off my opponents.... so I am not sure what to do.... I want to have good manners on court but i don't play as well if i don't get pumped up for the match.........................sigh..............

jazzyfunkybluesy
12-06-2009, 12:36 PM
Somebody is going to pop you.

Fedace
12-06-2009, 12:44 PM
Somebody is going to pop you.

Lucky for me, i keep my cellphone very close to me. I call 911 and my Lawyer at the same Time-you can get as much as $150,000 in damages with physical violence........lol:):)

onehandbh
12-06-2009, 12:55 PM
Lucky for me, i keep my cellphone very close to me. I call 911 and my Lawyer at the same Time-you can get as much as $150,000 in damages with physical violence........lol:):)

just add the single word "Eileen" to "Come on".

Marshredder
12-06-2009, 01:40 PM
I use a Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex, and I always make sure the white edge is at the top before I play any point.

lagniappe12
12-07-2009, 05:05 AM
I frequently spin my racquet in my hands right before I hit certain balls. I never noticed how much until a friend pointed it out to me. I think it's a nervous habit.

Some times I talk to myself during a match. I usually repeat the same thing over and over to calm myself down - "just drills". I'm guilty of making my matches more than what they are and have to remind myself to play like I do in our weekly drills.

Marshredder
12-07-2009, 05:23 AM
I frequently spin my racquet in my hands right before I hit certain balls. I never noticed how much until a friend pointed it out to me. I think it's a nervous habit.

Some times I talk to myself during a match. I usually repeat the same thing over and over to calm myself down - "just drills". I'm guilty of making my matches more than what they are and have to remind myself to play like I do in our weekly drills.

This is a problem I have a hard time getting over. At training I play at a much much higher standard than when playing matches, even my fundamentals break down when im nervous, I start hitting forehands in a horizontal movement and not low to high, and my serve turns into a pile of rubbish, but at training, all very very consistant! Its weird, so I always have to think to myself to play like I do normally.

atatu
12-07-2009, 07:04 AM
I have to have a baseball cap, regardless of the weather, or if I am playing indoors or at night, no cap, no play...

PimpMyGame
12-07-2009, 07:09 AM
The Dunlop arrow on my butt cap must be pointing upwards when playing forehands on the first set, then reversed the second set and so on. If I'm using a Wilson, the top 3 prongs of the W will face forwards on my forehand for the first set and then reversed for the second set and so on.

Jonny S&V
12-07-2009, 07:18 AM
I have to have a baseball cap, regardless of the weather, or if I am playing indoors or at night, no cap, no play...

I can relate, just a comfort thing. I do turn it backwards indoors or when it's overcast, looks better than a headband on me.

TheMagicianOfPrecision
12-07-2009, 07:23 AM
I use a Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex, and I always make sure the white edge is at the top before I play any point.

I do the exact same thing with my Wilson rackets - but before im serving

sureshs
12-07-2009, 08:54 AM
I tug at the bottoms of my skirts a lot, as I am certain my butt is hanging out and no one told me.

I need help.

I can help by tugging at your skirts, if that is what you really want.

sureshs
12-07-2009, 08:55 AM
I frequently spin my racquet in my hands right before I hit certain balls. I never noticed how much until a friend pointed it out to me. I think it's a nervous habit.


Fed does that too. It keeps the palms from sticking to the overgrip.

jefferson
12-07-2009, 09:15 AM
just add the single word "Eileen" to "Come on".

Ever try "come in Eileen?"

vandre
12-07-2009, 09:35 AM
i smell every new can of balls right after its been opened.

i love the smell of tennis balls in the morning!

Z-Man
12-07-2009, 04:52 PM
i smell every new can of balls right after its been opened.

i love the smell of tennis balls in the morning!

I'm a ball-sniffer too. When that smell hits my brain, it's like a shot of adrenaline. I'm ready for battle.

Brned
12-07-2009, 09:11 PM
I talk to myself in the third person.

Cindysphinx
12-08-2009, 03:52 AM
I can't play in a hat. All I can think about is how hot the top of my head is.

I don't like to play doubles in a visor indoors. It restricts my peripheral vision. I wear one outdoors because I have no other way to deal with the sun.

I must have a bandana. I cannot play if even one strand of hair gets in my eyes.

jazzyfunkybluesy
12-08-2009, 06:33 AM
Lucky for me, i keep my cellphone very close to me. I call 911 and my Lawyer at the same Time-you can get as much as $150,000 in damages with physical violence........lol:):)

Thats why you cant go around getting in fights because people like you will try to sue.

sphinx780
12-08-2009, 07:56 AM
I'm a ball-sniffer too. When that smell hits my brain, it's like a shot of adrenaline. I'm ready for battle.

On the rare occasion my bro and I can get out and play, it's a given that the person in town as a guest gets first right of refusal to sniff the freshly opened can. It's never refused.

LuckyR
12-08-2009, 08:48 AM
I call out the score verbally before I hit my serve...

stoo
12-08-2009, 10:19 AM
I visit TW and read topics like this one when I can't be out playing.

precision2b
12-08-2009, 10:37 AM
I'm a walking display of weird twitches and mannerisms.

Let's see.

Before each serve, I kick the toe of my right foot into the ground to start my service motion.

Before each serve -- now this is before the toe tap -- I tap the ground with my racket in the spot my toss should bounce if I don't hit it. If it is a big point, I will draw an X with my racket. On clay, the X will be in the right spot the next time I go to serve, which shows I am lining up in the exact same spot. I think this is cool.

I talk during points. There's the usual stuff -- "Bounce it!" -- but there are some weird ones too. Like a lob goes up: "You! No wait, I'm here, I'll get it. You stay there."

I tug at the bottoms of my skirts a lot, as I am certain my butt is hanging out and no one told me.

I need help.

LOL!!! Good one Cindy...:oops:

precision2b
12-08-2009, 10:54 AM
I call out the score verbally before I hit my serve...
I do the same...

When serving, I bounce the ball behind the baseline with my Racquet (4) times, then I step up to the baseline to serve, and bounce it (3) times with my tossing hand, then I begin the service motion.....:mad:

I bounce the ball 3 times on first serve and 2 on second serve...

Dave Mc
12-08-2009, 11:11 AM
I know some people that always want to serve with the same ball again if they just served an ace or hit a big winner. But I've always been kinda the opposite. When I win a point, I always select a different ball to serve the next point, in order to keep the balls circulating and wearing evenly.

However when I lose a point, I keep choosing that same ball to serve with again until I win another point. I think it's a subconscious effort to make that stupid ball work overtime until it learns how to win a point for me. Crazy is...

vandre
12-08-2009, 11:48 AM
I'm a ball-sniffer too. When that smell hits my brain, it's like a shot of adrenaline. I'm ready for battle.

yeah baby!!! that "new ball" smell means IT IS ON!!!!!!! :twisted:

Mr.Brightside
12-08-2009, 12:49 PM
when i serve, i must bounce the ball with my left hand until it feels "right", usually around 4 or 5 bounces.

if i'm returning and someone serves into the net, i almost always finish my swing.

i never wear my tennis shoes until i'm on the court and i take them off when i leave.

i have a certain way of holding each one of my racquets.

when returning, i always have the foot on the outside of the court closer to the net.

dragon2o00
12-08-2009, 06:22 PM
I bounce the ball 3 times on first serve and 2 on second serve...

i'm 5 on first serves and 3 on second...

if my grip feels pretty slippery and i'm using tournagrip, i slightly spit on my dominant hand. i found it helped me grip better.

precision2b
12-09-2009, 12:36 PM
i'm 5 on first serves and 3 on second...

if my grip feels pretty slippery and i'm using tournagrip, i slightly spit on my dominant hand. i found it helped me grip better.

I played dub's a few weeks ago and one of the guys on to other team keep walking over to the fence and spitting and i noticed it was dark. i asked him about it and he said it was snuff and he could not play with out having a dip in...:confused: I started thinking how i could make him swallow it during the point...:mrgreen:

Kostas
12-09-2009, 01:24 PM
I share a couple of these with you guys.

I have to hold my racquet the same every time - my grip has to be the same spot because it feels really awkward if I'm not holding it right.

For serves, I bounce the ball once with my toss hand. I basically drop the ball...hit it once with my stick and then catch it. Same for first and 2nd serves.

I always wear a hat, indoors or out.

BajeDuane
12-09-2009, 01:39 PM
All this doom and gloom about ratings are taking over.
Here is a thread to have a bit of fun.

My tennis habit would be wiping the bottom of my shoes with my hands on important points. its pretty gross.

I do this occasionally, it works really well if my hands get sweaty and I do not have a towel.

Before every return of serve I tap the ground with my racket twice.
All the rackets in my bag MUST have the same sides facing up.

li0scc0
12-09-2009, 01:44 PM
On second serve, I cannot say anything...I cannot say the score, or say 'second serve', otherwise I will double fault.

I will probably double fault ANYWAY, but if I say something,....

arche3
12-09-2009, 02:12 PM
your all crazy!:lol::lol:

annaliese_ah
12-09-2009, 03:30 PM
"I dribble the ball with my racket and jump up and down with it at least five times. I stop and look at the other side of court while tucking my bangs behind each ear. I bounce the ball three times and serve, following with a loud scream/grunt. Who am I?"

LOL, jk.

Seriously though, I look at the other side of the court to the spot where I want to place the ball on my serve. My friend told me it looks like I'm staring down my opponent - like I'm trying to intimidate them. I don't know. She said that I have that cold glare just before I serve.

Also, if I only have one ball on me on my next serve. It makes me want to keep the next serve in.

cll30
12-09-2009, 06:01 PM
I always turn my racquet so that the same side of the racquet
hits FH's each time. I get used the grip a certain way and it
feels weird for me when i turn the racquet and hit w/the other
side.

I do this too.

vandre
12-10-2009, 11:08 AM
I share a couple of these with you guys.

I have to hold my racquet the same every time - my grip has to be the same spot because it feels really awkward if I'm not holding it right.

For serves, I bounce the ball once with my toss hand. I basically drop the ball...hit it once with my stick and then catch it. Same for first and 2nd serves.

I always wear a hat, indoors or out.

hey kostas, where do you play indoors in mphs?

my wife and i used to live there.

Lame_Backhand
12-10-2009, 12:25 PM
I played dub's a few weeks ago and one of the guys on to other team keep walking over to the fence and spitting and i noticed it was dark. i asked him about it and he said it was snuff and he could not play with out having a dip in...:confused: I started thinking how i could make him swallow it during the point...:mrgreen:

I have a friend who "dips" while playing.... I think a good over head right at him might make him take a gulp. :oops:

dragon2o00
12-10-2009, 02:22 PM
I do this too.

same here but i didn't think that was a weird habit. i have issues, lol.

dragon2o00
12-10-2009, 02:25 PM
I played dub's a few weeks ago and one of the guys on to other team keep walking over to the fence and spitting and i noticed it was dark. i asked him about it and he said it was snuff and he could not play with out having a dip in...:confused: I started thinking how i could make him swallow it during the point...:mrgreen:

haha, the closest i can come to that is knowing one guy who always plays with a small cooler of\e coronas in there for between points/switches. no water or anything else, just beer.

precision2b
12-11-2009, 09:30 AM
I have a friend who "dips" while playing.... I think a good over head right at him might make him take a gulp. :oops:

LOL!!!

haha, the closest i can come to that is knowing one guy who always plays with a small cooler of\e coronas in there for between points/switches. no water or anything else, just beer.

I guess by the end of the match he want care about the out come!!!:razz:

zapvor
12-17-2009, 04:37 AM
All this doom and gloom about ratings are taking over.
Here is a thread to have a bit of fun.

My tennis habit would be wiping the bottom of my shoes with my hands on important points. its pretty gross.

thats a basketball thing

rasajadad
12-17-2009, 04:58 AM
I have a big wad of sawdust in my pocket that I sprinkle on my racquet handle before every point. Also I pick at my eyelashes constantly-
Ivan

Taxvictim
12-17-2009, 05:04 AM
I really like to have all three balls when I serve, even in doubles.

tennytive
12-17-2009, 05:20 AM
Me too.

When I have two balls getting ready to serve, I juggle them with my toss hand to see which one I want to use first. Then when I lean forward to start my serve motion, I sometimes think I'm MacEnroe… ha.

BMC9670
12-17-2009, 10:39 AM
I name all my raquets.

Oh... you gotta drop us a few of those names!:)

I sometimes commentate the match in my head. It helps me stay positive when I'm behind.

Kostas
12-17-2009, 10:52 AM
hey kostas, where do you play indoors in mphs?

my wife and i used to live there.

Mostly at Whitehaven (Eldon Roark), but I also go to Leftwich, Wolbrecht, WellWorx and down to Tunica (indoor har-tru clay) alot as well.

beernutz
12-17-2009, 11:14 AM
I am just like that guy in Goodfellas who says everything twice. When the ball is "back", I will say "Back back" or if its out, I will say "it's out, it's out"... I just can't stop myself....

I have this friend who knocks his shoes with his racquet like they do at the French Open, but in our case, their is no clay to knock off our shoe, but he does think he is cool when he does it...

Jimmy Two Times, "I'm gonna go get the papers, get the papers."

My oddest habit is recording details of every match I play and keeping stats against every player I've ever faced in a spreadsheet. I can find exactly how many games, sets, and matches and my winning percentage against anyone I've ever played as well as when and where we played and the weather conditions. I don't even know why I do this sometimes because I rarely refer back to all the info.

vandre
12-17-2009, 11:45 AM
Mostly at Whitehaven (Eldon Roark), but I also go to Leftwich, Wolbrecht, WellWorx and down to Tunica (indoor har-tru clay) alot as well.

aw man, there's har-tru courts indoors in tunica! we'll have something to do in tunica now since we don't gamble!!! thanks!

Cody
12-18-2009, 12:49 AM
thats a basketball thing

Wow, nice to know.

I don't think i have ever seen a basketballer do that but i don't watch any basketball what so ever.

Is it to dry there palms to help them grip the ball

BajeDuane
12-18-2009, 05:13 AM
thats a basketball thing

Yeah I have seen basketballers do it and it really works.

BMC9670
12-18-2009, 05:37 AM
Wow, nice to know.

I don't think i have ever seen a basketballer do that but i don't watch any basketball what so ever.

Is it to dry there palms to help them grip the ball

Actually, it's the opposite. They are wiping their shoes for a better grip on the wood floor. Dirty/dusty shoes get slick and make it hard to cut.

athiker
12-18-2009, 09:55 AM
On serve most players I've seen bounce the ball few times (or many!) with their hands, even if they bounce it first with their racquet, they then bounce it a few times with their hands just before serving. I've never understood this. I'm going to hit the ball with my racquet so I bounce it with my racquet (2x only :)), then serve. This wasn't really a conscious decision, its just what I do...then I noticed its a little unusual.

I like to play pretty fast, so the 2x bounce thing work for me. I will often take a moment to take and release a deep breath before the bounce however, especially if I'm not serving well. Relaxes me and gives me a moment to checklist what may be causing the problem. I guess others do this while bouncing.

I never keep 2 balls in my pocket. If the 3rd one gets tossed to me I just roll it to the back fence before serving.

Taxvictim
12-18-2009, 12:51 PM
I never keep 2 balls in my pocket. If the 3rd one gets tossed to me I just roll it to the back fence before serving.

I'm the opposite. It's easier to get the top ball out if you have two in the pocket. Helps me get to my second serve a lot faster, when necessary. Plus I just like to have all the balls. I've never had a ball fall out of my pocket during play, though I've seen it happen to others. (That can cost you the point if the ball falls out and hits the net, though the few times it happened the opposing team called a safety let.)

CHOcobo
12-18-2009, 12:57 PM
loosing and putting my non-hitting (left) arm across my chest as i do a forehand........so bad.

PushyPushster
12-18-2009, 01:50 PM
I religiously bounce the ball, with my racket, 3 times before every serve. The one time I took group lessons, the coach insisted everyone do that in order to focus. Mind you, I can't properly hit a forehand, a backhand, an overhead, and I certainly can't volley worth a crap. But before I put my 30mph lollipop over the net, I bounce that ball THREE FREAK'IN TIMES.

It's for concentration, dont'cha know.

MrCLEAN
12-19-2009, 05:57 PM
The only thing I can think of is that when I'm serving, I keep 2 balls w/ me, and I prefer to have the 3rd one, but I knock it back to the back corner of the fence to whatever side of the court I'll be serving from the next point.

35ft6
12-19-2009, 09:28 PM
I like to drop a deuce between the 2nd and 3rd sets. You know, for the extra foot speed.

Cody
12-19-2009, 09:31 PM
Yesterday i was a bit mean.

My opponent had a lollipop second serve that i stood on the the service box and smashed for winners.

10sguy
12-20-2009, 08:41 PM
On big point when im returning ill tap my racquet on the ground then spin then tap the spin the tap then spin until their service motion starts.

Friendly reminder: Don't be surprised if some servers might complain your tapping is a distraction (Hindrance).

10sguy
12-20-2009, 08:47 PM
I call out the score verbally before I hit my serve...

Not very unique . . . doesn't/shouldn't everyone???