The Five Most Annoying Habits of Professional Tennis Players
Professional tennis players have annoying habits. It's these rudimentary-compulsive ways that can not only help them win matches, but also make them unlikeable.
I decided during the US Open, which is wrapping up today (due to a rain delay) with the men's final of Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbia's Novak Djokovic, to take a look at the five most compulsive, annoying habits of today's best tennis pros.
No. 5: Grunting
In tennis, grunting is one of the most talked-about habits.
Former pro Monica Seles had a familiar grunt. She would yell out Ha-hee! Ha-hee! Oftentimes, it sounded like a hard-up woman that couldn't get a date yelling, "Call me! Call me!"
Today in the WTA, there are quite a few women that grunt. Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Francesca Schiavone, and Victoria Azarena are extremely loud shriekers. In fact, sometimes the yelling is so distracting that it's not so much the loudness of it, but the length of the grunt.
In a match played between Sharapova and Azarenka, it was difficult to even pay attention to the match because the grunting was so distracting. In the 2010 Stanford Finals, Azarenka faced off against Sharapova, and what ensued was quite possibly the loudest match in quite a while.
No. 4: Attacking the Line Judge
In last year's US Open, world No. 1 Serena Williams tore into a line judge because of a foot fault.
At this year's US Open, Andy Roddick got upset because the line judge said he foot-faulted with his right foot when it was his left, and he wouldn't let it go, tearing into her for nearly 15 minutes.
The USTA may have to address the issue and heighten the fine. Williams was fined $82,500, while Roddick walked away scot-free.
No. 3: Elena Dementieva's Service Motion
Russian Elena Dementieva changed her service motion this year. It has gone from a normal-conventional serve to a halted, awkward, and robotic motion before she hits it.
The serve makes her appear hesitating, like she doesn't know what she's doing. She places the ball on the racket head and then makes a strange jerking motion.
It's as annoying as watching Croatian Ivan Ljubicic serve as well.
No. 2: Novak Djokovic's Ball Bouncing
Serbian Novak Djokovic takes way too long to serve. In fact, he's been often teased by other players for the time it takes him to actually hit the ball.
He bounces the ball typically 10 times before serving. But on occasion, the US Open finalist has been known to bounce the ball 20-plus times.
It gets ridiculously silly to have to wait forever for the serve when the other player acts like he's an NBA basketball player at the free-throw line.
No. 1: Rafael Nadal's Shorts-Grabbing
Spain's Rafael Nadal's habit is the worst one. He feels the need to constantly adjust his shorts. It's a ritual that everyone who has watched the No. 1 seed enough is used to.
The 24-year old looks like he has the wrong-sized shorts on or is just prone to intense wedgies. The US Open finalist pulls his shorts out of his behind, then rubs his nose, and follows that up by adjusting the hair over his ears.
He does it so much some might think the world's No. 1 player has obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Nadal may have changed his serve for the better. Perhaps he needs to change his shorts.