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Tennis superstitions...
You`d be forgiven for thinking that being a tennis champ is simply a matter of playing better than the rest. Serena Williams - who should know, would disagree. Her winning formula includes using the same shower before each match, tying her shoelaces in the same way and bouncing the ball five times before the first serve and twice before the second. Serena claims she cannot win without following a set routine before a match; "I have too many superstitious rituals and it`s annoying. It`s like I have to do it and if I don`t then I`ll lose. She added; "And I`m not losing because I didn`t play well, I lost because I didn`t tie my shoe the right way and it`s totally ridiculous because I have to use the same shower, I have to use the same sandals, I have to travel with the same bags." Serena maintains that she lost in French Open quarter-finals to Justine Henin, just because she failed to stick to her rules. "I didn`t tie my laces right and I didn`t bounce the ball five times and I didn`t bring my shower sandals to the court with me. She continued; "I didn`t have my extra dress. I just knew, fate, it wasn`t going to happen." She`s not alone with these unusual ideas; fellow American tennis legend, John McEnroe never stepped on the tramlines between points. McEnroe`s contemporary, Bjorn Borg (who won Wimbledon 5 times) also had a peculiar habit; he wouldn`t shave from the first day of the tournament until the day he was knocked out. However, it may be the top prize for odd superstitions goes to men`s star Goran Ivanisevic. Ivanisevic had the most eccentric rituals of all, when he won Wimbledon in 2001; he had 10 different actions he had to perform before every match - one of which was to watch the children`s TV programme, the Teletubbies. The other was to go through the same routine as he had before the day he won a match; it seems to have worked - although he has admitted; "Sometimes it got very boring" Umm, it sounds as if some players use almost as much energy getting ready to play as when they are on centre court!
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