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?

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    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. Jul 11 '21 at 14:22

I honestly think it's because that's what Roger Federer does. He has such an influence over the younger pros, who grew up watching him play. I believe he does it to dry out his hand, and as a routine to settle the mind. Here's a link to a related article: https://www.quora.com/Why-does-Roger-Federer-blow-on-his-fingers-all-the-time

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    To the bit in the Quora answer about fingers not sweating: That depends entirely on the person. I swear very little in general (after three hours’ play in summer, my t-shirt is a little damp, but no more, while many of my fellow players have had to change t-shirts twice because they were drenched), but the palms of my hands and my fingertips do get sweaty when I play. You can’t judge hand sweat from general body sweat. Jul 13 '21 at 22:36
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    Correction: I sweat very little. When playing, I swear an awful lot, but that doesn’t affect my sweating. Jul 15 '21 at 15:15
  • That is not true, many players did it before Roger did.
    – Rikib1999
    Oct 7 '21 at 12:39

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