Touching between points in doubles

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  1. dizzychump

    dizzychump New User

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    I noticed at Wimbledon that doubles players above a certain age never touch their partner after a point whereas most of the younger players either hand touch after every point or touch fists.

    Can anyone shed some light on how this started. I imagine it comes from some research and theories on teamwork.

    I can understand celebrating a good point but this touchy feely stuff for mediocre shots and misses is a bit cringe worthy - i probably think this because i myself am well above the age to find this behaviour normal.
     
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  2. GregOz

    GregOz Rookie

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    It's just some positive reinforcement so that the player who made the mistake doesn't dwell on it and concentrates on the next point. Where did it originate? Have a look at the teams who do it most often and most noticably, then have a look at their nationality and you'll see.

    I don't consider it abnormal, just unecessary and a waste of time and energy. However, that's just me. I guess it must work for some people, especially those who are pretty hyper at the best of times. Still, the best doubles teams Ive seen in the last 20 years were Navratilova-Shriver/McEnroe-Fleming/Woodbridge-Woodforde/Fitzgerald-Jarryd and Jarryd-Edberg. Can't recall one of them doing it. Seemed to really fire up with the Flach-Seguso partnership and now its everywhere.
     
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  3. littlelleyton

    littlelleyton Semi-Pro

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    this is the same thing that happens during a basketball free throw. its just a positive reinforcement thing that has caught on and is now a trend.
     
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  4. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

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    Yeah, chest bump my mxd dubs partner after every point. Her hubbie don't appreciate it, though
     
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  5. littlelleyton

    littlelleyton Semi-Pro

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    haha thats as good as trying to get them to swap shirts like football(soccer) ;) :) :D
     
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  6. Yours!05

    Yours!05 Professional

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    Maybe the Bryan bros don't have that twin thing? Wouldn't think each would need physical reinforcement from the other every point.:eek:
     
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  7. thejackal

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    That's why I play mixed dubs...
     
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