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browneyes
Nov 15th, 2004, 02:26 PM
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.

xr6turbo
Nov 15th, 2004, 02:27 PM
Venus always keeps pulling at her dress sometimes in the middle of points.. :lol:

tennnisfannn
Nov 15th, 2004, 02:31 PM
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.
Lindsay does a little dance

crazillo
Nov 15th, 2004, 02:31 PM
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. :D

Andy T
Nov 15th, 2004, 02:37 PM
Mary Pierce drives me mad with her mannerisms.

Keith
Nov 15th, 2004, 02:48 PM
Doesn't Mary sniff the balls?

Sharapower
Nov 15th, 2004, 02:50 PM
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.

LeonHart
Nov 15th, 2004, 02:51 PM
Whenever I watch Venus do an UFE, she lightly pinches the bridge of her nose. I dont knoe if anyone else noticed.

tennnisfannn
Nov 15th, 2004, 02:54 PM
how about Ruano pascual who twirls her reacket like there is no tomorrow

browneyes
Nov 15th, 2004, 03:23 PM
Here's another:

Serena's one-legged high knee raise whenever she misses a first serve she assumed or hoped would go in

matthias
Nov 15th, 2004, 03:30 PM
Steffi Graf before she served - always with the one finger down on her cheek (Steffi fans will know what i mean)

Helen Lawson
Nov 15th, 2004, 03:33 PM
I broke a mirror two days before the 1956 Oscar ceremonies. The witch-doctor maid I had at the time buried in the backyard as a remedial measure, but we all know what happened that night. Players shouldn't break mirrors before their match, take it from me!

mr_zebra
Nov 15th, 2004, 04:40 PM
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.

smarties
Nov 15th, 2004, 05:18 PM
Andre keeps on lifting up his shirt and making a little ball with the front of it (cause it's always too long)

jrm
Nov 15th, 2004, 05:36 PM
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!

Hoytie
Nov 15th, 2004, 06:10 PM
Yulia Beygelzimer is just plain 'neurotic'. Does too many things to list before serving.

Nikki
Nov 15th, 2004, 07:30 PM
Lindsay has to keep tying her shoes every change over.

faboozadoo15
Nov 15th, 2004, 07:42 PM
lleyton hewitt plays with his hat (the front) so much that by the end of every match it's got disgusting stains on it.

roger hair tucks a lot

andre plays with his shirt-- kinda airs out his torse and pulls the shirt up in the back before returning.

monica (early nineties during just one of her aus open runs) kept touching her face, shoulder, and collar bone area in between points... maybe it was to get herself keyed in, maybe it was a migraine, maybe it was the sign of the cross... :confused:

AjdeNate!
Nov 15th, 2004, 07:49 PM
Monica tried to never step on any line after/before any point, and after the point, she would always walk back into the court from the side serve was just played and cross to the other side by the small | on the baseline.

brunof
Nov 15th, 2004, 07:57 PM
Doesn't Mary sniff the balls?
Haha, something like that.

Paola Suarez twirls her racket around like she is trying to start a fire between her hands or something.

lindsayno1
Nov 15th, 2004, 08:02 PM
yeah *reilliterates lindsay tying her shoes every time she sits down* - lol she was asked about that in an interview!!!

Masha tucking her hair behind her ears every time she serves is SO annoying

Pengwin
Nov 15th, 2004, 08:03 PM
Bovina bounces the ball for a ridiculous number of times before serving. (I think I've seen 10 before)

potty
Nov 15th, 2004, 08:47 PM
Conchita won't step on the lines between points.
She always wants the same ball when she wins a point.
Plus if she misses a first serve, she will take a couple of steps to the middle of the service line and tap the other half of the court, the side she is serving to with a toe! (now what is that all about??)

j_dementieva27
Nov 15th, 2004, 08:55 PM
alot of times, when elena loses a well fought point or misses an easy shot, she'll take her long braided ponytail and whip it around and over her head and tug on it a bit

another one is when she tries to run down a ball that she cant reaches, she often shouts "aye yi yi!"

thelittlestelf
Nov 15th, 2004, 08:58 PM
Serena demolishes her rackets.

Venus pulls on her dress.

Martina Hingis ate her tennis racket.

joaco
Nov 15th, 2004, 09:58 PM
Lindsay has to keep tying her shoes every change over.:lol: gotta love that!

Gerri
Nov 15th, 2004, 10:21 PM
Doesn't Mary sniff the balls? :tape:

Mary's preparation before she serves takes an eternity- fiddling with her hair, smoothing her skirt, touching her nose, bouncing the ball numerous times, then looking up with that worried expression and finally hitting the serve. I hate it when her toss goes wrong and it all starts again.

Love ya though Mary :kiss:

Martian Willow
Nov 15th, 2004, 10:42 PM
Serena always bends over at the waist when she clenches her fist. It's very annoying. That's the main reason I don't like her. :)

SzavayFi
Nov 15th, 2004, 10:48 PM
Daniela, after i think EVERY point she grapers her ear and puts it under her visor.
Marion Bartoli, if she is nervous or trying to get something started she hops back and forth across the baseline as if she were doing a foot work drill.

SzavayFi
Nov 15th, 2004, 10:49 PM
alot of times, when elena loses a well fought point or misses an easy shot, she'll take her long braided ponytail and whip it around and over her head and tug on it a bit

another one is when she tries to run down a ball that she cant reaches, she often shouts "aye yi yi!"
when i saw this thread that is what i was gonna say but u already put it/

whorehand
Nov 15th, 2004, 10:51 PM
I find Linsday's grin everytime she throws a toss to hit a serve quite funny. She does it everytime.

Also Gambill on the men's side religiously lifts his shirt over his peachy ass everytime he prepares for a serve.

DeDe4925
Nov 15th, 2004, 11:01 PM
Maria is the most annoying with her rituals and you did not post them all. EVERYTIME she serves, she walks to the back of the court, stands there for a second with the ball in her hand fixing her strings, walks back to the service line, does a little two step hop, puts the imaginary strings of hair behind each ear, bounces the ball high two or three times and then serves. I hate it. UGH!!!

darren cahill
Nov 15th, 2004, 11:03 PM
Nobody was as much torture as McEnroe and Becker..those 2 take the cake.

i guess the one ritual, if you'd call it that, that bugs the living soul out of me is Agassi's blowing his snot on the court all the time...drives me fucking nuts. I'd sure as hell be careful sitting down at his and Steffis house...never know what you'd be sitting on.

as for the women, Marias serve motion sorta drives me crazy. and pretty much everything about justine.

DeDe4925
Nov 15th, 2004, 11:03 PM
Before Andy serves, he always tugs at the shoulder portion of this sleeves. Each and every time. And, Andre always walks to the back of the court, takes a towel, wipes his head and his hat out.

darren cahill
Nov 15th, 2004, 11:05 PM
Steffi Graf before she served - always with the one finger down on her cheek (Steffi fans will know what i mean)
yes, i know what you mean.;)

Lady
Nov 15th, 2004, 11:18 PM
Justine alway touches her ponytail, when she's thinking what to do in the next point! Snd she does that a lot.
I found it funny, cos it looks like Justine is checking if the ponytail is still here :lol:, she had shorter hair before! ;)

And Sveta makes her skirt even shorter before returning the serve. Kinda puts it up.

shnit.
Nov 15th, 2004, 11:28 PM
Daniela, after i think EVERY point she grapers her ear and puts it under her visor.
Marion Bartoli, if she is nervous or trying to get something started she hops back and forth across the baseline as if she were doing a foot work drill.
and also for Daniela.. her hopping before serving :p

faboozadoo15
Nov 16th, 2004, 12:02 AM
rusedski and henman with their socks (sorry if it's been mantioned, but it would be a shame if it wasn't.)

Josefina
Nov 16th, 2004, 09:24 AM
Haha, something like that.

Paola Suarez twirls her racket around like she is trying to start a fire between her hands or something.

:haha:

Sharapower
Nov 16th, 2004, 10:00 AM
Maria is the most annoying with her rituals and you did not post them all. EVERYTIME she serves, she walks to the back of the court, stands there for a second with the ball in her hand fixing her strings, walks back to the service line, does a little two step hop, puts the imaginary strings of hair behind each ear, bounces the ball high two or three times and then serves. I hate it. UGH!!!
I LOVE IT :devil: :devil: !!!

Drimal
Nov 16th, 2004, 10:18 AM
I watch Eurosport often and had noticed some habitsof WTA players:

-Maria Sharapova tuck the hair behind each ear and watches her racquet during the serve game.

-Lindsay Davenport is lacing up her shoes with two knots after every changeover. It's some sort of superstition for her, the speaker of Eurosport said. :drool:

-Amelie Mauresmo is tripping (swinging her waist) during her serve game

-Kim Clijsters is looking her racquet and is plucking on the strings

-Dinara Safina lets the ball jump up three times before every serve. And this during every match!

-Elena Dementieva is showing with her finger in the direction of a difficult ball to hit it better. And I have remarked another tick by Elena. If a double fault happened in a very bad moment she holds her pigtail and puts it over her head! :D

slice
Nov 16th, 2004, 10:21 AM
Conchita won't step on the lines between points.
She always wants the same ball when she wins a point.
Plus if she misses a first serve, she will take a couple of steps to the middle of the service line and tap the other half of the court, the side she is serving to with a toe! (now what is that all about??)

she also has to touch that symbol on her sleeve twice before serving, i think that only happens though when she's on a roll :p

Fantastic
Nov 16th, 2004, 02:45 PM
Zina Garrison = The Bum Dance / Rumpshaker "All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom in a boom-boom!" Lol. ;)

Does anyone else find Eva Melicharova's serving rituals a tad on the weird side?

Monique Javer used to waste so much energy receiving the serve, doing the side-to-side, back-to-front dance.

Angelica Gavaldon wore lipstick and those large hoop earrings. She would also burn the clothes she wore after losing a match. As she progressed in a tournament, she would eat at the same restaurant, order the same meal, get served by the same waiter and make an impression on the table with the salt from the salt shaker. On the court, she would also never walk on the lines.

Emptiness
Nov 17th, 2004, 04:11 AM
Maria is the most annoying with her rituals and you did not post them all. EVERYTIME she serves, she walks to the back of the court, stands there for a second with the ball in her hand fixing her strings, walks back to the service line, does a little two step hop, puts the imaginary strings of hair behind each ear, bounces the ball high two or three times and then serves. I hate it. UGH!!!:lol:.. She does take her sweet ass time doesn't she? Sometimes i want to yell "Get on with it your hair fine!".

And I have remarked another tick by Elena. If a double fault happened in a very bad moment she holds her pigtail and puts it over her head!Its cute when she gives it a little tug. :)

After a really bad point Myskina slings her racket over her shoulder like a hobo stick and puts her head down while walking back to the baseline.