Thursday, July 02, 2009
A touchy tennis crew
Why do professional tennis players always ask for three balls and bounce the ball the same number of times before serving? Because there are very superstitious. Like nearly all sportpersons tennis players are keen to gain the edge over their opponent, certainly not offend the spirits, and prepared to observing repetative behaviours, no matter who is watching them. Winners will almost always try to repeat behaviours no matter how bazaar so as not put the hex on their performance. Apparently when Goran Ivanisevic won an important match he would repeat everything he did the previous day, such as eating the same food at the same restaurant, talking to the same people and watching the same TV programmes. Serena Williams is also a follower of deviation and has publically blamed her poor performances on not following her usual rituals such as tying her shoelaces and not bringing her shower sandals to the court.