Why do Wta players touch leg when receiving serve?

ron schaap

Hall of Fame
I noticed long ago Sharapova hit her leg with her non dominant fisted hand while receiving serve. Later i realised not only she but eg Osaka does it while her Leg is already injured. So not very smart. I saw Kvitava and others do it and today even Busta who only pushes his leg with his hand.
So is there any theory or tennis academys who learns this kind of peculiar gestures because i dont understand it?
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I noticed long ago Sharapova hit her leg with her non dominant fisted hand while receiving serve. Later i realised not only she but eg Osaka does it while her Leg is already injured. So not very smart. I saw Kvitava and others do it and today even Busta who only pushes his leg with his hand.
So is there any theory or tennis academys who learns this kind of peculiar gestures because i dont understand it?
:notworthy:
People pick up on habits they see as well. Sometimes if a leg is stiff/cramping/sore, people will hit it to stimulate it. You are giving your body some extra stimuli to essentially take it's "mind" off it.
 

Mark-Touch

Hall of Fame
I noticed long ago Sharapova hit her leg with her non dominant fisted hand while receiving serve. Later i realised not only she but eg Osaka does it while her Leg is already injured. So not very smart. I saw Kvitava and others do it and today even Busta who only pushes his leg with his hand.
So is there any theory or tennis academys who learns this kind of peculiar gestures because i dont understand it?
:notworthy:
Murray did it a lot too. :)
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
The fine Utah Jazz guard Jeff Hornacek, most prominent in the late 1990s, used to stroke the side of his face a few times each time he shot a free throw, and explained it was a pre-arranged signal to his kids that he was saying "hi" to them by doing this. The WTA players, at least some of them, found Hornacek's story endearing and took to slapping the leg to say to their as-yet unborn children "this is what I'll do to you if you don't behave!"
 

NoQuarter

Rookie
It's motivational. Just like Duke Basketball Players slapping the floor on defense when they need a defensive stop.
 

ron schaap

Hall of Fame
It's motivational. Just like Duke Basketball Players slapping the floor on defense when they need a defensive stop.
but why only receiving serve?
I've always viewed it as a way to remind oneself to keep ones legs active and moving.
but why only the leg close to the non dominant hand? And noticed they just dont move when they do it. They are taking a wide static stance.
Others keep bouncing and moving. THAT i do understand
 
but why only receiving serve?

but why only the leg close to the non dominant hand? And noticed they just dont move when they do it. They are taking a wide static stance.
Others keep bouncing and moving. THAT i do understand
Because they're holding the racquet with the other hand, and that leg is closer to the "free" hand? Could be the physical expression of some inner dialogue they go through. I'm only guessing since I'm not the one doing it. OTOH they are multiple grand slam winners, so maybe I should start?
 
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