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On court habits, rituals, nervous ticks

Are there any on court player habits, rituals, or nervous ticks you find annoying or amusing by your fav player or other players?

While watching the Sharapova/Myskina match I couldn't help but notice some of Sharapova's nervous habits/rituals:

1)Before each serve, she must tuck the stray hair behind each ear.
2)Whenever she loses a point, she turns her back to the tennis court and plays with her racket strings.

I'm sure there are more but those are the two that stood out in my mind.


Petrova and Dokic blow on there hands and put there game face on before they return serve.
- I laugh every time I see it 'cause I've never considered either a good returner. Thus, the blowing and intense gaze seem a bit exaggerated.
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Venus always keeps pulling at her dress sometimes in the middle of points..

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Lleyton hewitt seems to have a massive wedgie, constantly tagging on his underwear after every point.
Venus like wise adjusts her dress top before each point.
Seles used to have a tap of the racket, cap adjustment combo esp before recieving serve.
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Maggie does two things:

She takes her racqeut and plays the ball with her frame on the ground.

She also puts her racquet on the ground, holds it carefully and takes her hand away then and looks if the racquet keeps it's position or falls down.

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Whenever she loses a point, she turns her back to the tennis court and plays with her racket strings.
In fact, she does it after every point, won or lost.
Her serve ritual is funny too. After arranging the hair, she makes the ball bounce TWO times and from a high position, compared to other players' ball bouncing. Then she raises the ball and her racquet's head at the level of her face, bends her right knee and raises her left toe, and BANGGGGGGG !!!
When she's struggling she catches her ponytail.
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Whenever I watch Venus do an UFE, she lightly pinches the bridge of her nose. I dont knoe if anyone else noticed.

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how about Ruano pascual who twirls her reacket like there is no tomorrow

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Here's another:

Serena's one-legged high knee raise whenever she misses a first serve she assumed or hoped would go in
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Steffi Graf before she served - always with the one finger down on her cheek (Steffi fans will know what i mean)

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i always laugh when Sharapova wins a point - any point- and she puts her fist up literally an inch from her face !

Greg Rudeski had obsessive compulsive disorder and touches his sneaker or something before every single point. The commentators always point it out.
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Andre keeps on lifting up his shirt and making a little ball with the front of it (cause it's always too long)

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Sharapova - after every point she wins she clinches her fist and walks with the clinched fist around - looks like someone who run out of the mental institution!

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