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Why does Djokovic bounce the damn ball so much?

Johnny Groove
06-06-2006, 12:34 AM
I mean, 3-4 times is ok, 5-6 acceptable, but he bounces it like its :bounce:

Does he try to catch his opponent offguard when he suddenly stops bouncing and actually hits it?

chicky841
06-06-2006, 12:44 AM
Lord knows, but it was irritating thats all I can say

robinhood
06-06-2006, 12:48 AM
I found myself counting the bounce rather than watching the match.

atheneglaukopis
06-06-2006, 12:54 AM
It's an experimental form of hypnotism. He has to find the right timing and sequence, but when he does, he will be able to reduce any opponent to a mental state of :retard:.

Honestly? It's probably like all the other players' little rituals and obsessions--as irritating as it is to everyone else, it's what calms his nerves.

Phunkadelicious
06-06-2006, 01:00 AM
he just wants to show the ball who is boss.

ezekiel
06-06-2006, 01:03 AM
I was slightly irritated also and I was cheering for him but I think he was tired for one so he was trying to settle and calm down

Deboogle!.
06-06-2006, 01:08 AM
Honestly? It's probably like all the other players' little rituals and obsessions--as irritating as it is to everyone else, it's what calms his nerves.gossssshhhhhhhh stop making sense!

I mean I can only speak for myself but ball-bouncing is a lot less annoying than, say, ASS-PICKING.

Carito_90
06-06-2006, 01:32 AM
gossssshhhhhhhh stop making sense!

I mean I can only speak for myself but ball-bouncing is a lot less annoying than, say, ASS-PICKING.

Hey, don't mess with the ass picking. :p


I've counted them, he bounces the ball around 12/15 times. :lol: It's incredible. But it's obviously a matter of concentration.

Seriously, if all players were the same and didn't have their own 'rituals' tennis would be a lot more boring. :p

chicky841
06-06-2006, 01:33 AM
gossssshhhhhhhh stop making sense!

I mean I can only speak for myself but ball-bouncing is a lot less annoying than, say, ASS-PICKING.

ass pickin only last a few seconds while that ball-bouncin seems never ending :)

But different things will bother different people, thats how life works

njnetswill
06-06-2006, 01:56 AM
Nothing can be as bad as Kiefer.

superpinkone37
06-06-2006, 01:58 AM
hahahah...I bounce the ball a million times sometimes when some opponent I'm playing is pissing me off and I feel like being annoying. :o

But yeah, in Novak's case, it's probably just his own little ritual, nervous habit, whatever. Who cares?

Yappa
06-06-2006, 02:00 AM
Haha true that about Kiefer (using the same ball with which he made the previous point, touching the corner of the court with the racquet at important points, etc.), although Agassis rituals arent that bad either.

Deboogle!.
06-06-2006, 02:03 AM
But different things will bother different people, thats how life worksExactly, which is why I found it so funny and ironic that the person complaining about someone's habits has an av of someone who has more habits than anyone I can think of

Metis
06-06-2006, 02:06 AM
It seems then that the Djokovic-Nadal QF is going to be a good matchup. While the former bounces the ball the latter will have time to pick his socks, his butt, fix his hair AND clean the baseline.

Works perfectly for everyone! :lol:

atheneglaukopis
06-06-2006, 02:08 AM
It seems then that the Djokovic-Nadal QF is going to be a good matchup. While the former bounces the ball the latter will have time to pick his socks, his butt, fix his hair AND clean the baseline.

Works perfectly for everyone! :lol:
Is he still spitting too? 'Cause that adds another second, second and a half.

Metis
06-06-2006, 02:13 AM
Is he still spitting too? 'Cause that adds another second, second and a half.


Hmmm.... Forgot about that. He doesn't do that every time though. Only when the clay gets too dry :D

Chloe le Bopper
06-06-2006, 03:38 AM
HE probably doesn't even really notice himself doing it anymore.

federated
06-06-2006, 03:39 AM
I am still hearing that damn bouncing. :mad:

Scotso
06-06-2006, 04:17 AM
He's OCD like me, I'm sure. He seemed to bounce it 13 times on the first serve and 7 on the second.

It might be a way to keep himself calm, to be deliberate so he doesn't rush.

basil333
06-06-2006, 08:06 AM
During his match against Fernando Gonzalez, the bounce-rate was between 11 bounces and at one time he got up to 19!! - average bounce-rate I think 14.

All the french kids were counting, infact everyone in our section was counting... even Gonzalez at one point.... he got a few quick strong hard returns hammered back to him as if to say... STOP BOUNCING!!!! - but seriously during that match, every single serve the lowest bounce rate was 11. He had no warning either...

MariaV
06-06-2006, 08:14 AM
During his match against Fernando Gonzalez, the bounce-rate was between 11 bounces and at one time he got up to 19!! - average bounce-rate I think 14.

All the french kids were counting, infact everyone in our section was counting... even Gonzalez at one point.... he got a few quick strong hard returns hammered back to him as if to say... STOP BOUNCING!!!! - but seriously during that match, every single serve the lowest bounce rate was 11. He had no warning either...
No wonder Gonzo lost then! :( :sad: :rolleyes:

TheMightyFed
06-06-2006, 08:42 AM
Knowing he's got some breathing problems I guess he uses it to calm his heart rate. I have also breathing issues sometimes and I do it but it's like 3-4 bounces. On the other hand I hate when the opponent doesn't bounce and serves straight, you don't have time to get prepared...
When Novak is going for his second serve it's like "here we go again". It disrupts a bit the rythm of the game, it's a bit annoying for the opponent but Djokovic seems to be a specialist this kind of tricks.The Nadal-Djoko match will last more than 5 hours with all those rituals going on. :rolleyes:

Apemant
06-06-2006, 10:19 AM
It seems then that the Djokovic-Nadal QF is going to be a good matchup. While the former bounces the ball the latter will have time to pick his socks, his butt, fix his hair AND clean the baseline.


:haha: :haha: :haha:

Apemant
06-06-2006, 10:29 AM
During his match against Fernando Gonzalez, the bounce-rate was between 11 bounces and at one time he got up to 19!! - average bounce-rate I think 14.

All the french kids were counting, infact everyone in our section was counting... even Gonzalez at one point....



This is hillarious! :haha:

vincayou
06-06-2006, 11:03 AM
That's really annoying for sure. I wish he could cut it by half.

NicoleH8Ballkids
06-06-2006, 11:33 AM
maybe he likes his balls bouncing

duh

Saumon
06-06-2006, 11:47 AM
He's OCD like me, I'm sure. He seemed to bounce it 13 times on the first serve and 7 on the second.

It might be a way to keep himself calm, to be deliberate so he doesn't rush.
like me too :o yesterday was the official RG OCD day :tape:
Rafa with his bottle + socks + undies
Lleyton with his strings
Gael with the thing he does with his racket (he touches the end of the handle, i dont know how to explain it :shrug: )
Nole with the ball bouncing (18 times when serving for the match point :p ) and I noticed that he bounces it more on 1st serve thand on 2nd serve too.

Kiara
06-06-2006, 12:15 PM
Nadals rear grab is NOT more annoying than Djokovic's eternal ball bounce...the most ive seen before this was from Hantuchova who bounces the ball maybe 7-9 times before serve but this is insane...clearly its some sort of OCD and if it works for him :shrug: its everyone elses problem to deal with it..

Zabaleta used to pull his shorts up EVERYtime he served, that was hilarious :lol:

celcius
06-06-2006, 12:22 PM
he just wants to show the ball who is boss.
He already hits the ball hard enough :).

Sjengster
06-06-2006, 12:27 PM
He very nearly rivals Lapentti, the all-time ball-bouncing master - he used to regularly get up to 18 or 19 bounces, much to the irritation of his opponents. Mind you, Schalken could also reach double figures a lot as well.

hitchhiker
06-06-2006, 12:41 PM
so nadal v djokovic will be a 10 hour affair even though there will only be 90 minutes of actual tennis

Action Jackson
06-06-2006, 12:52 PM
Imagine if these guys were playing Massu, then it would be great. Massu taking 20min between points when he is rushed.

Yappa
06-06-2006, 01:06 PM
Hmmm.... Forgot about that. He doesn't do that every time though. Only when the clay gets too dry :D

I noticed that Stepanek does that a lot.

fenomeno2111
06-06-2006, 01:11 PM
Knowing he's got some breathing problems I guess he uses it to calm his heart rate. I have also breathing issues sometimes and I do it but it's like 3-4 bounces. On the other hand I hate when the opponent doesn't bounce and serves straight, you don't have time to get prepared...
When Novak is going for his second serve it's like "here we go again". It disrupts a bit the rythm of the game, it's a bit annoying for the opponent but Djokovic seems to be a specialist this kind of tricks.The Nadal-Djoko match will last more than 5 hours with all those rituals going on. :rolleyes:

I think it's due to his breathing problems also.

R.Federer
06-06-2006, 01:16 PM
grusedski would pull his socks, both sides up, before each serve
And the socks were always up anyway, no need to pull them up
I would want to tear my hair out when that happened
:mad:

Pigpen Stinks
06-06-2006, 01:32 PM
There was a guy in the early 80's named Mark Dickson that would put all these ball bouncers to shame. He was pretty much a scrub, but one year he made a deep run at the US Open. I think it was a quartefinal night match against Bill Scanlon that lasted about 5 hours. Back then we didn't have the USA cable coverage, so it was a rare occasion when CBS would come on with their 11:30 PM wrap up show and there'd still be live tennis. I'm convinced the only reason the match took so long was because of this guy's ball bouncing habit. He bounced it probably as many times as Djokovic, except his was a very deliberate bounce. He should have received a time violation on every point he served.

Aguante_el_Gato
06-06-2006, 02:18 PM
I think it's due to his breathing problems also.according to an interview in an argentine newspaper I agree that this could be the reason http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v4/pagina.jsp?pagId=1209787&fecha=20060606

it says that he always has had problems to breathe by the nose, and for that reason he had to breathe by the mouth.
Last year he received a surgery in the nose to correct the allergy problems (to dust and polen).
And now he says that he must work in his breathing during each point
;)

Peta Pan
06-06-2006, 02:28 PM
:rolleyes:

Why does it damn well matter? More important things in life to get irritated by than someone bouncing a little green ball.

Go Novak, you bounce that ball as many times as your heart desires :yeah:

LleytonMonfils
06-06-2006, 02:37 PM
I know on his 2nd serve he bounced it 9 times... i think it was about 13 on his 1st serve

supersexynadal
06-06-2006, 02:55 PM
I didnt know a thread like this would go 3 pages!!! Well i don find it annoying. Every player has his thing. Baghdatis bouces the ball between his legs, nadal takes his time towelling his arms, wedgie, socks and all, sharapovas extremely slow bounces so i guess it makes them feel better. Before serving i always have to touch something, usually the wall or fence behind the court and it rlly makes a difference.

Every player has his own style. Sometimes i dont like it but as long as theyre not arrogent i dont mind!

tangerine_dream
06-06-2006, 04:07 PM
Am I the only one who's not really bothered by any of the player's bizarre rituals, habits, grunting, etc? :shrug: I must either be extremely tolerant or just good at blocking things out because Sharapova's shrieking, Roddick's crotch-grabbing, Roger's hair patting, Djokovic's ball bouncing, Rafa's ass picking and sock touching, Kiefer's OCD like superstitions, and a host of other weird habits from everybody etc. just don't bother me. In some ways, I find many of their habits amusing. In other ways, a particular player's habit says a lot about him.

uglyamerican
06-06-2006, 04:18 PM
It's an experimental form of hypnotism.

I agree. It's a bit much. I kept leaning further forward in my chair in anticipation.

Hewitt's string playing has gotten quite sophisticated. Looks like he's trying to make music with the raquet.

supersexynadal
06-06-2006, 04:37 PM
Am I the only one who's not really bothered by any of the player's bizarre rituals, habits, grunting, etc? :shrug: I must either be extremely tolerant or just good at blocking things out because Sharapova's shrieking, Roddick's crotch-grabbing, Roger's hair patting, Djokovic's ball bouncing, Rafa's ass picking and sock touching, Kiefer's OCD like superstitions, and a host of other weird habits from everybody etc. just don't bother me. In some ways, I find many of their habits amusing. In other ways, a particular player's habit says a lot about him.
Yea doesnt bother me either! Id actually find the match boring if there was nothing that kept me waiting. Every player has his/her own charisma.For example nadal federer monfils and roddick are all very unique on court. Its the boring players who dont do anything at all!

Saumon
06-06-2006, 05:13 PM
Hewitt's string playing has gotten quite sophisticated. Looks like he's trying to make music with the raquet.
:lol:
what about Ramirez with his sleeve when he serves? :scratch: why doesnt he wear sleeveless shirts? :shrug: :lol:

vincayou
06-06-2006, 06:07 PM
Monfils hits several time the end of his raquet before returning a serve, did someone notice that as well?

Saumon
06-06-2006, 06:11 PM
Monfils hits several time the end of his raquet before returning a serve, did someone notice that as well?
they said that when he was young he used to throw his racket and was losing the end of the handle, now he's better rackets but he kept that habit ;)

Grofica
06-06-2006, 08:14 PM
That Nole's bouncing is his little trick, and Novak is tricky guy:):):)

Conita
06-06-2006, 08:53 PM
i love player's little rituals i think they r funny
maybe thats cos ive watched too many of Massu's matches
and if any1 will ever anoy their opponent between serves thats definitly him :p

oh yeah u hvnt mention roddick and his top sleeves and the hand/wrist movement
or gonzalez blowing his fingers when waiting for serve

:)

KoOlMaNsEaN
06-06-2006, 08:58 PM
It doesn't really matter. Everyone has their little thing they do but with Novak it's with the ball and bouncing it twelve times..

ezekiel
06-06-2006, 09:09 PM
it's funny that he didn't seem to do it excessivelly before, what happened ? :confused:

Saumon
06-06-2006, 09:32 PM
it's funny that he didn't seem to do it excessivelly before, what happened ? :confused:
he has been told about MTF (btw he really has! ;) ) and he thought "what could I do to annoy people so much that they will create a thread in GM? :scratch: Oh! Yes!!! I know!!! I will bounce the ball one million times before serving!!! :bounce: :devil: "

:p

Vass
06-06-2006, 10:12 PM
My brother can't stand tennis because it has too little play time compared to time 'wasted' between points, especially if you suck at tennis...
Now, when i'm under pressure i feel the URGE to bounce the ball 5 times, and if something happens as i do it, i bounce 3 more times. Brother threatens to leave.

How do i solve the problem?
EASY: I start counting from....... 3!
3..4..5 Serve execution starts. :lol: And it helps! :o

Someone should tell Djokovic to try this.

chicky841
06-07-2006, 12:29 AM
Am I the only one who's not really bothered by any of the player's bizarre rituals, habits, grunting, etc? :shrug: I must either be extremely tolerant or just good at blocking things out because Sharapova's shrieking, Roddick's crotch-grabbing, Roger's hair patting, Djokovic's ball bouncing, Rafa's ass picking and sock touching, Kiefer's OCD like superstitions, and a host of other weird habits from everybody etc. just don't bother me. In some ways, I find many of their habits amusing. In other ways, a particular player's habit says a lot about him.

Funnily enuf most player habits dont bother me, but the ball bouncing does. I think its cuz I always have the urge to snatch the ball away from him.

SwissMister1
06-07-2006, 01:42 AM
:lol:
what about Ramirez with his sleeve when he serves? :scratch: why doesnt he wear sleeveless shirts? :shrug: :lol:

That actually is quite odd - especially because he wears pretty baggy shirts

Mardy Fish probably spends the most time blowing on his fingers during a match

Loftra
06-07-2006, 11:16 AM
Nole just went up to 21 bounces against Rafa

Meeek
06-07-2006, 11:20 AM
He often bounces 13 or 11 times. Occasionally, 19 or 21 times :o

connectolove
06-07-2006, 11:22 AM
A way for him to focus on the game.

connectolove
06-07-2006, 11:24 AM
Nole´s head is betraying him.

TheMightyFed
06-07-2006, 11:27 AM
TV commentators are a bit embarrassed during the gazillion bounces, Djoko looks like a kind of autist... this match is really "yawn", with Nadal winning at the end. Some people call Fed Fedbot but Nadbot is 100 times more boring...

connectolove
06-07-2006, 11:32 AM
Djoko is losing his faith. Last year he retired against Coria.

Well, he seems to feel better now.

Yappa
06-07-2006, 11:48 AM
Wow, it really IS irritating! First time that I see Djokovic playing.

flip_fan
06-07-2006, 12:04 PM
... he is the male equivalent to mary pierce.. ridiculous and annoying habit before serving and a drama queen.

connectolove
06-07-2006, 12:14 PM
I knew it, Djoko quit!

TheMightyFed
06-07-2006, 12:17 PM
This guy is really full of tricks, quitting, injury time out, never ending ball bouncing... the new Coria has arrived ! good talent but a long way to go before top 10

Eve83
06-07-2006, 12:58 PM
German ES commentator counted 19 as his ultimate match record today, lol.

TheMightyFed
06-07-2006, 01:26 PM
Did he hurt by bouncing the ball too much or what ? :devil:

scoobs
06-07-2006, 01:31 PM
I've only noticed it at this tournament - it has got much worse than it was - it is annoying.

More so today because the match was being played at such a sleepy, lacksadaisical tempo as it was.

scoobs
06-07-2006, 01:32 PM
He's actually lucky he didn't get time violations for it - sometimes it was taking 20 seconds just to bounce the ball. Sandra de Jenken seemed reluctant to get involved though.

mojo37_12
06-08-2006, 04:09 AM
I counted the bounces and he almost always bounces it 9 times. The "lucky 9" thing maybe? It only gets to 13 when the crowd is noisy or when he gets distracted.

BelgianWaffle
06-08-2006, 08:26 AM
:shrug: I watched about an hour of the match and I have to say I didn't bother me that much.

It was funny though because our commentators kept counting it and there was one occasion where he lost some point and Carl Maes said "well, that's when you get when you bounce the bal 13 times!!" :devil:

Personally I find Nadal's ass picking and Hewitt's crotch grabbing a lot more disturbing.

Johnny Groove
12-12-2007, 01:35 PM
Bump :D

jazar
12-12-2007, 03:56 PM
he doesnt want it spread around, but its actually because he has obsessive compulsive disorder

TankingTheSet
12-12-2007, 05:30 PM
It's bending the rules to gain a competitive advantage. The key point is that whatever most player's serving routine is, the returner knows when to expect the actual serve (it's "predictable"). With Djokovic, the moment he actually serves is unpredictable and therefore puts off the timing of his opponents. He seemed to do it less obviously late this season though?

Corey Feldman
12-12-2007, 06:18 PM
Slows the game down and he can save energy

that is what these young divas like him and Nadal are all about, bending the rules to save energy.... at least Rafa is super fit.

Pansy Djokovic ,we all know, doesnt have the staying power of a real man unlike Fed, Hewitt & Nadal.

Corey Feldman
12-12-2007, 06:32 PM
Yeah, nice theory RFK :lol:

MCL
12-12-2007, 06:47 PM
RFK - you're back :spit:
Don't let the ban keep you down. :haha: :haha:

Kitty de Sade
12-12-2007, 06:50 PM
Welcome back, RFK. When you were gone, I had nobody to discuss pro wrestling with me. Nice to see you again. :)

l_mac
12-12-2007, 06:59 PM
Welcome back, RFK. When you were gone, I had nobody to discuss pro wrestling with me. Nice to see you again. :)

Aw, I could have discussed pro-wrestling with you!

I am not RFK.

I used to just read these forums and now have decided to post and join. Funny thing is isnt every poster called RFK?

It was my greatest wish for you to make Djoko your #1!! :dance:

Bad Luck, rational Nole fans :hug:

Kitty de Sade
12-12-2007, 07:13 PM
Aw, I could have discussed pro-wrestling with you!

Really, Linda?! :eek:

Killer. :yeah:

You aren't trying to trick me into going to the Nadal forum, are you? :p

Getta
12-12-2007, 07:22 PM
Djokovic is the right choice for every human.

Intelligence > Work Ethic > Talent
Djokovic > Nadal > Federer

Quite simple when analysed


Someone has just tickled me, and I cannot stop giggling.

R.Federer
12-12-2007, 07:28 PM
Djokovic is the right choice for every human.

Intelligence > Work Ethic > Talent
Djokovic > Nadal > Federer

Quite simple when analysed
You joined this month, and you know all these MTF quirks like usage of ">", "predicted win" and so on.
Sure....

We may not guess who your former life was, but there is no doubt you have had a prior persona here.

pricdews
12-12-2007, 08:08 PM
Slows the game down and he can save energy

that is what these young divas like him and Nadal are all about, bending the rules to save energy.... at least Rafa is super fit.

Pansy Djokovic ,we all know, doesnt have the staying power of a real man unlike Fed, Hewitt & Nadal.

Maybe Murray should try bouncing the ball more. It'd be cheaper than spending millions more on another coach.

elessar
12-12-2007, 08:10 PM
You could at least have picked a different flag :hug: poor Djokofans first Ezekiel and now a banned RFK :sad:

Corey Feldman
12-12-2007, 09:45 PM
Maybe Murray should try bouncing the ball more. It'd be cheaper than spending millions more on another coach.Dunno Prickdews, his coaches will be cheap, they are honoured just to be working with the Scottish legend and know they will see GS's coming home in the future so they will be quiet and do the job when they are needed by Napoleon.

Fee
12-12-2007, 11:50 PM
You joined this month, and you know all these MTF quirks like usage of ">", "predicted win" and so on.
Sure....

We may not guess who your former life was, but there is no doubt you have had a prior persona here.

I agree, and I think it's RFK too. Perhaps a sympathetic mod will compare the IP addresses of some older and newer posts and see if that offers any clues.

Macbrother
12-13-2007, 01:45 AM
Djokovic is the right choice for every human.

Intelligence > Work Ethic > Talent
Djokovic > Nadal > Federer

Quite simple when analysed

If this post doesn't say it all then nothing will. Work over talent, Joker/Nadal over Federer, Canadian flag, star wars obsession, all classic signs that the light has returned.

Welcome back.

Marek.
12-13-2007, 02:17 AM
RFK, if you're going to come back at least use a different flag and not use a Star Wars reference.

Fee
12-13-2007, 04:28 AM
RFK apparently watched a few soap operas in his spare time. The actors always come back as someone's twin.

Andi-M
12-14-2007, 12:05 AM
RFK apparently watched a few soap operas in his spare time. The actors always come back as someone's twin.

:rolls:

Lee
12-14-2007, 12:07 AM
And this thread is still bouncing

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

FedFan_2007
12-14-2007, 12:18 AM
Ah so Darth Djokovic is RFK. Now that's all cleared up. Does the comic relief get any better then this?

tennisrocks123
12-14-2007, 03:14 AM
it is too much

Corey Feldman
12-14-2007, 03:17 AM
I will bring Justice for my brother RFK.

The light will shine on through a new vessel.haha brilliant !!

prepare for a whole new vocabulary of RFK'isms in 08!

Corey Feldman
12-14-2007, 03:35 AM
Lead me to the dark side of the vessel, Master.

let me get my saber so i dont bump into anything http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/aktion/action-smiley-043.gif .....

Fee
12-14-2007, 03:37 AM
Ah so Darth Djokovic is RFK. Now that's all cleared up. Does the comic relief get any better then this?

Thanks for joining us, and only a day behind.

MariaV
12-14-2007, 06:41 AM
OMG this is just too good! :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: Or should I say 'too big'? :haha: :haha: :haha:

Magenta
12-14-2007, 11:00 AM
Do you have a life?!
Darth Djokovic?
:lol:

sawan66278
12-14-2007, 03:05 PM
The more you and Federer fear me and Djokovic the more you will be in our grasp and control.

RFK...YOU WERE THE CHOSEN ONE!!! It was said that you would destroy the Djokosith, not join them!!!!!!!!

ReturnWinner
12-14-2007, 03:10 PM
its just gamesmanship, its simple like that.

FedFan_2007
12-14-2007, 04:39 PM
RFK, you will always be MTF's court jester.

Corey Feldman
12-14-2007, 08:41 PM
Where is the vessel today ?

let there be light