It seems common these days for tennis players to blow on their fingertips after winning a point. I've noticed it particularly with the server: they'll do an arm pump with clenched fist then open the fist and blow on their fingers.

If it were just one player I'd consider it superstition but at this year's Wimbledon tournament it seems very common.

Is there a known reason behind this?

  • 3
    I do it (in badminton, but close enough) to try to get sweat off my fingers and make them less slippery for holding the racket without having to go for a towel. Don’t know if that’s why the pros do it as well, but it would make sense if it is. Commented Jul 11, 2021 at 14:22

1 Answer 1


Tennis players blow on their fingers for several reasons:

-To improve grip on the racket by moistening their fingers.

-To remove sweat and aid quick evaporation.

-To calm nerves and reduce tension in the hands and arms.

-To maintain a better grip on the racket when hitting the ball.

-To provide a cooling sensation and help focus on shots.

The reasoning behind this practice may vary from player to player and it may be any one of or a combination of these reasons. Certain players may do it for a different reason entirely.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.