Wimbledon Players' Weirdest Habits: The Best Superstitions In Tennis

The weird and wonderful pre-match habits of Marcus Willis, Roger Federer, Novak Djocovic and Serena Williams


We Brits just love a Wimbledon underdog, right?

And we may have just found a new bank-bench champion in the form of Marcus Willis.

Currently ranking number 772 in the world, Marcus is about to play Roger Federer – the number 3. 

The 25-year-old dark horse lives in Slough with his mum, earned £50 worth of prize money this year and was ready to give up tennis. And then this happened.


It's a good thing he changed his mind because we could do with a good fairytale in these troubling post-Brexit times. He's won £50,000 already. 

But what is all this business of taking his shoes off before a match? 

Could it be that this is one of those great superstitions that is finally paying off?  


With that in mind, here are some of the other tennis legends and their famous pre-match magic tricks.

Roger Federer

The Swiss pro apparently swears by the power of the number eight. Look out for eight towel-rubs, eight bottles of Evian and eight rackets.

Novak Djokovic 

Insists on bringing his Poodle Pierre everywhere.

Ready? It's time! @Wimbledon @seikowatches @UNIQLO_UK #pierre #tesla #London

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Serena Williams 

Always ties her shoelaces the exact same way and bounces the ball five times before her first serve.

Rafael Nadal

Not at this year's Wimbledon, but the absolute King of all superstitions, Rafael is obsessed with his water bottles (the labels must be court facing, but is known to be meticulous about the finer details and his poor pants are every bit the celebrity he is. Watch this hilarious video to see them all.

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