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If any of the the players had any superstitions about how they would play a match? Or before they would play a match?




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Does anyone know.



If any of the the players had any superstitions about how they would play a match? Or before they would play a match?




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Eleanor "Teach" Tennant was heavily into numerology and all kinds of other wacky stuff Anyway, she of course had a strong influence on Alice Marble. Rollo sent me an article from March of 1948, that Alice wrote called, "Are You Superstitious?" In that she writes that in 1939, when she and Teach went to Wimbledon they stayed at the Hyde Park Hotel in London. They were given room 803. Well, 8+3=11 which is a bad number apparently for Alice. Something to do with her birth date. As a result, Alice and Teach insisted the room number be changed just for them. Well, of course on this floor all the numbers are in order 800, 801, 802 etc., so the manager changed Teach and Alice's room number to 802A thus solving the number problem. Alice by the way went on to win Wimbledon
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Various players have had the odd superstition of not stepping on the baseline before or even during a point - can't see how that one would help them much though in the concentration department. Others have specific rituals; Agassi for example, must have each ball person in his/her proper location before starting a point, Courier would touch his cap prior to serving, on and on and on
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Various players have had the odd superstition of not stepping on the baseline before or even during a point - can't see how that one would help them much though in the concentration department. Others have specific rituals; Agassi for example, must have each ball person in his/her proper location before starting a point, Courier would touch his cap prior to serving, on and on and on

Chris Evert wore lucky dresses for some important matches. In the 7's, it was a sort of yellow dress with white stripes (not very nice). She wore it to win the French 74 and the US Open 75 and also for the third set of her French 75 finals against Martina (at that time, players had a half hour rest in between the second and the third set.)

Once she los an important match to Evonne and she stopped wearing that dress.

In the 80's's her lucky dress was the white pink satin with little flowers that she wore for the US Open 80 SF against Austin. She also wore it to defeat Martina the same year at Wimbledon.
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Every time I see a re-run of the Nicholson vehicle "As Good As It Gets", I am reminded of tennis players' superstitions, and the many players I've run across over the years who have this aversion to stepping on the lines between points. I was wondering if there were any pros who displayed this- anyone?

There is nothing more beautiful than Evonne Goolagong in full flight moving across a tennis court.
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