Unusual habits by the pros?

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  1. gugafanatic

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    Rafael Nadal, seems to expend amazing energy from hes lungs, he almost shouts after he hits the ball. Guga also grunts pretty loud, but it seems more natural and prolonged.

    If i remember correctly Kafelnikov used to shake he's wrist vigorously during hes serve and backhand.

    Why does Sharapova go for a customary walk few metres behind the baseline after every point.

    In addition what does the curled back wrist represent. bJORKMAN seem to use it as a celebration on big points.

    And why does greg Rusesdki call for the towell after every point???

    please post if you know why pros use these unusual customs
     
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  2. Camilio Pascual

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    Virtually all the men reject the ball that was just used in an unsuccessful serve attempt. Most of the women will accept it. What I've noticed is that Roddick (and sometimes finicky Agassi!) along with a very few others will accept the ball and re-use it to serve.
     
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  3. katarddx

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    And why do you care?
     
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  4. BLiND

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    Before every serve, I bounce the ball 10 times. If my concentration if broken I have to start again.

    Also if I hit a bad shot I shout F U C K !

    If I hit a winner I shout S U C K IT GRANDAD !

    this is just for singles... I have a different routine for doubles.
     
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  5. NoBadMojo

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    what bjorkman does is called the 'Vish' (i am sure the spelling of that is wrong)..one of the older Swedes did it first years ago..perhaps Wilander..dont know what it means specifically, but it is the equivalent of a solo high five or a big fist pump. its a swedish thing.ed
     
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  6. Feña14

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    :lol: BLiND, thats some funny stuff.

    I also don't understand why Pro's make the ball kids give them 3 balls and then the player gives one back. What's the point in that?!?

    Tiger Tim's fist pump and chicken head has to be the best though :lol:

    -Liam
     
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  7. Cypo

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    Having a routine that you do before serves, between points etc is a fairly well estabilished method for keeping your concentration. I think that's what some of it's about. Grunting is supposed to help with timing and yelling "s u c k it grandad" is a way of making sure you never have to play the same person twice.
     
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  8. Mark55

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    Liam Curran, its because they want the two best balls to serve with. I will do this too if I have all three :?
     
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  9. Feña14

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    Yeah if I have 3 balls I will pick the 2 best, but I don't go out of my way to get 3.

    I suppose if they have done it all there life then it is natural and maintains there ryhthm.

    Whatever works I suppose.

    -Liam
     
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    How about Hewitts "Come On !!!" I think its both self encouragement && a bit of opponent intimidation, sorta like "Bring it On !" :wink:
     
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  11. BLiND

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    How about "COME ON DIPSH!T!!!"?
     
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    My fav is screaming "Let's see you get THAT one back" but only when I'm playing someone in a wheelchair.
     
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    Constantly pulling up socks that don't need to be pulled up...Santoro & Ivanisevic
     
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  14. mileslong

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    grunting on every shot in tennis is the single most annoying thing on the planet. next to rosie o' donnell that is ...
     
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  15. kaspar gutman

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    I have seen several players whack the clay from the soles of their shoes with their racquets even though they were playing on hardcourts :?
     
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    haha..yeah, that's funny...damn clay-courters...just kidding.

    Can you name one player that doesn't spin their racquet before a return?
     
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  17. Shaolin

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    I heard that Sampras always had to get at least 8 hours sleep and that he would strictly sleep alone. Bet his GF loved that.
     
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    well, his first girlfriend was about 32 when he won the us open at 19 years old, which is a bit of an idiosyncracy in its own right... i mean, how many instantly rich and famous teenagers would head straight past all the hot young poon on tap for someone a little more, shall we say, mature?
     
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  19. Feña14

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    I don't think any of the younger whipper snappers were fond of Pete's extreme hairy chest.

    The older woman was,

    -Liam
     
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    Roddick's fist pump...he brings his arm straight up (not like the Tiger Woods uppercut that most players employ), makes a v with his forearm and bicep, and cocks his fist so that it is pointing straight forward. Really weird.

    My personal favorite is Arazi's racquet flips. The guy is absolutely amazing, he can flip it three times without the racquet getting higher than eye level or throw it high in the air and catch it without looking.

    Haha pound cat, that made me think off a fake stat that the network posted in a Rusedski match a few years ago: 48 sock touches in the last ten minutes. It was really getting ridiculous, he would pull on the left one, then the right one, and then the left one again, and probably adjust his hat and then serve.
     
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  21. degreefanlindi

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    routines

    Hewitt's rituals stand out in my mind as the most visable game routine....his in-between points idiosyncratic moves are funny to watch.

    Speaking of Pete, I heard he needed 8 hours of sleep too...and always ate mashed potatoes before a match.
     
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  22. Mikael

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    Not only did he need 8 hours of sleep; if I recall correctly he needed to sleep at a very precise temperature, 15 degrees C I think it was. Which is pretty cold.
     
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  23. pound cat

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    Bordering on neurosis I would say...
     
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  24. SB

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    That made me laugh. Thank you. :)
     
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  25. jings

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    Hewitt and Agassi are the worst I can think of. Agassi will walk with the same rhythym from side to side to receive, do a little hop when he gets to the far tram line, skip turn towards the court and then take 4 (maybe 5) steps into the court and then reverse back out to take position, folding the sides of his loose shirt into the gap between his legs before adopting the blank stare look and twiddling racquet. The not taking the plastic cover off the new racquet thing has to stop as well. This is a grown man we're talking about. Hewitt with his racquet bear hug and then Jimi Hendrix like pulling at the strings is irritating beyond belief, immeadiately followed by the chain fix, hair screwed down behind the ears after fixing the front of the cap. And why he needs to check his string dampner before every serve, even the second I have no idea. But hey, they've both been world #1 and I'm still trying to work out how to hold serve consistently, so what do I know.

    Watch Agassi though - same thing between every point, it's eerie!
     
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  26. duckula

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    How bout Nadal pulling of underwear before each serve? That kid need a thong
     
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    I would not advise a thong... if you recall, I got some bad press for that one :?
     
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  28. Scorch

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    You really notice these things more when you watch players live.

    I have seen federer play a couple of times at wimbledon and he is ALWAYS messing with his hair - smoothing it down, tucking bits back into his headband over and over and over.

    Another one that sticks in my mind is Hewit constantly looking up to his parents at every opportunity and his mum nodding her head back at him like one of those dogs in the back of a car window!

    Docic also obsesively looked up at her dad - at least she used to.
     
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  29. bigserving

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    I was accused of doing that. The only thing was I like to serve and volley and have narrow feet. My feet are constantly sliding forward in my shoes. I would hit the heels of my shoes in order to get them to slide back into place.

    I now, unknowingly, have the habit of hitting the heels of my shoes on a regular basis regardless so I can relate.
     
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  30. GrahamIsSuper

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    Same here, the Feet moving around in the shoes is a bad thing, so I kinda hit the heels agains the court after pretty much every point without realizing it. I noticed it was pretty excessive when I watched a video of one of my matches.
     
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  32. VamosRafa

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    Yep, he does. And he was asked about that in an interview this week in Sopot, where he has reached the quarters. The interview has been translated from Spanish.

    He talked about whether he would be able to play Sopot, the Olympics, and still make the US Open, and he wasn't sure. So a reporter persevered and asked:

    Q: Will you make it with some extra work, and that tic of yours of pulling at your pants... ??

    A.- It’s true, it is something that I’ve been doing since I was small. But it does not guarantee me victories.


    And it doesn't. But he has a chance at Sopot; he's the only seed left. So let's see how things go this weekend.
     
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  33. Felix DeSouza

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    A couple I remember: Ivan Lendl plucking his eyebrows and the
    pocketful of sawdust. Ballboys would have to sweep after every
    changeover. Ivanisivec after he served an ace would always get
    the same ball back to serve the next point. Agassi's plastic
    racquet bag thing is great and dont forget his penchant for
    shooting snot rockets. Becker's ball bouncing was pretty cool.
     
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  34. Ronaldo

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    Lendl pulling those bits of excess rubber flash from the seams of new balls. Now I get excited waiting for that sweet rush of putrid air flowing out of a new can of balls just so I can pick those seams free and clear. Then again, always thought the smell of a freshly opened pack of strings to be an aphrodisiac, pheromones for the racquet lover in you. Don't get me started about sniffing the inside of a new pair of shoes, WHAT A RUSH
     
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  35. pound cat

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    How about the smell of a brand new car??
     
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    They always blow on the dominant hand's fingers.
     
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  37. federer1

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    conchita martinez has got to be the worst about getting the ball back with which she has just won the point. kinda weird... i remember at the family circle cup patty schneider(sp??) got really mad at her because she thought she was cheating or something... :shock:
     
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