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For those of you who do not know who Dustin Brown is (and I guarantee almost none of you have heard of him), he is a German-Jamaican tennis player with a very comical shot selection and attitude on the court. Brown and Gasquet both do the following activity during matches, as do many other tennis players, but these two in particular make it a top priority.
Whenever either player wins a point, they request for the same ball back to be used for the following point. This is highly superstitious behavior—and Dustin Brown actually walks all the way up to the net whenever the ball kids do not remember to give him the same ball.
I had the privilege of seeing Gasquet play at the U.S. Open on a number of occasions, and I truly saw his habit escalate over the years.
During his 2010 second round match against Nikolay Davydenko, one player hit the ball into the first row of the crowd (and obviously Gasquet won the point beforehand—you shall soon see why).
An excited adult male fan in that row grabbed hold of the ball and was ecstatic that he would most likely get to keep it (why he would get excited over a shanked ball I have no idea—after all, it had no signature on it and was just a standard ball).
Richard Gasquet came over to the man (I was sitting just a couple rows behind that man, by the way) and asked for the ball back. The man played dumb and did not feel obliged to give it back (he was right in thinking so). However, the Frenchman would not leave and kept bugging the guy for the "lucky" ball. After a very long 30 seconds, Gasquet gave up on the resistant man (who should have forked it over).
In the end, he won in straight sets so the lucky tennis ball shouldn't really make a big difference to either of these athletes.