Talent and skill can only get you so far in the sporting world. Many sports personalities believe or follow certain beliefs or practices to ensure that they perform the best always. Here, we take a look at the most well-known celebrities who have such quirks.
Williams has a series of routines that she follows to the dot to ensure a victory in every match she plays. She has even attributed her losses to not being able to follow one of her routines. They include taking her shower sandals to the court, tying her shoelaces in a unique way and finally bouncing the ball five and two times before the first and second serve respectively. To an extent, these superstitions have worked, right?
The Real Madrid man also has a few quirks up his sleeve. He insists on being the first person to leave when getting off a plane and the last to alight if travelling by bus. He also has the habit of changing his hairstyle at half-time.
Jordan was in the habit of wearing his old North Carolina shorts under his playing shorts to bring him luck. This practice was followed right from the start of his career and most basketball enthusiasts would agree that it was he who introduced the trend of wearing long basketball shorts to games, probably to cover the shorts within.
This highly successful MMA fighter owes his success to just one really odd practice – drinking his own urine every day. Yes, you heard it right. What’s more, his family also follows the practice.
Since his baby steps into the golfing world, Tiger Woods has always sported a red shirt on Sundays without fail. Sports psychologists opine that red could be seen as an intimidating colour as it signals danger. Nevertheless, Tiger Woods has gone on to become one of the most successful golfers.
The legendary tennis player’s superstitions have garnered the attention of the media all over and have also been incorporated by other sports stars. But, it is specific to just one competition – Wimbledon. Before the competition, he grows a beard and wears the same Fila shirt to every match. He attributes his five consecutive Wimbledon titles (1976-1980) to this routine.
According to him, his success in athletics is down to 2 pre-race routines. The first is to ensure that his head is shaved before a race and the second is to down one cup of coffee; preferably an espresso.
This legendary Australian batsman also had a quirk. He has always played with a red handkerchief in his pocket, which was given to him by his grandfather. In fact, in his final few matches, the Australian crowd waved red handkerchiefs thanking him for his service to the game.
The veteran Chelsea defender and the captain has a rather unnatural practice – in the changing room at Stamford Bridge, he uses only the urinal on the far-right side of the changing room. Maybe that’s the reason why he is Chelsea’s most successful captain.
Bobby Moore was one of the most talented English footballers ever to grace the football pitch. The 1966 World Cup winning captain ensured that he was always the last person to put on shorts in the dressing room.