From Michael Jordan’s obsession with rocking North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls shorts during games, to Serena Williams’ need to bounce the tennis ball five times before her first serve, athletes have long been believers that superstitions give them the added edge they need to get in the zone before games.
Every week we’ll take a look at superstitions athletes and coaches from around the country implement.
This week we caught up with Huntington St. Joseph (Huntington, W.Va.) tennis star Max Meade.
The Superstition: Pregame dieting
The Breakdown: “I know that a lot of people eat for fuel or whatever before they play, but me, I don’t eat at all before a match. I know it sounds crazy, but I always feel like my stomach starts hurting during the match if I eat. I don’t know why. It’s just my thing.”
The Why: “I think it’s a mental thing, honestly. I just feel like everything is right when I don’t eat before the match. It calms me I guess. Again, I know it’s a little backwards, but it makes me feel better.”
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