Nadal, Federer, Sharapova and the greatest superstitions in Tennis

(Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova – photo via zimbio.com)

Imagine Rafael Nadal lining up his water bottles before the start of a match, or envision Goran Ivanisevic’s habit of watching Teletubbies every day during his historic triumph as a wild card at Wimbledon in 2001. From tossing the ball only five times before a serve, to not use the same shower twice, to wearing the same pair of unwashed socks, to tying the shoelaces in a specific manner, to not shaving – what is it with the superstars of the game and their habits?

Tennis is an amusing sport. In between booming serves and incredible smashes and punishing rallies we witness a tennis player’s mind over the matter. If they are rewriting history by creating new records, we marvel at their application, dexterity, competence, focus and the behaviors that have helped them attain their desired goals.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the ball, the lines on the court, the racquet and the dress – all are pivotal elements in the performance of a player on a tennis court, not just because the sport can’t be played without them, albeit for the reason that they are central to a player’s inner psyche.

Ubitennis takes you on an infotainment drive as we offer you the most comprehensive analysis of the customs that are doing the rounds of the Tennis Cosmos. Here are the oddest beliefs, customs, and routines from some of the most fêted active stars:

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