I can never be completely relaxed during an Andy match. Even if it's obvious he's going to win I still feel some tension in my stomach until it's safely over.
Completely agree Aileen!No matter how well Andy is playing,I just can't make myself relax until that last point's been won by our boy
I don't think I have many real coping mechanisms.They've changed a bit over the years.I used to be quite superstitious,but I've gotten better.Having said that,during the week of the Olympics,I had two things I kept up all week.One was-and I know this is REALLY stupid-I was afraid to take off my nail varnish that I'd worn from day 1.On it stayed that whole week,getting more and more chipped.But for some reason,I just got it into my head that I could NOT take off that nail varnish til Andy was done.Of course,it only occurred to me after the final that I'd worn it when watching Andy and Jamie lose in the doubles too!Lol!
The other thing I did that week was that I made sure I got exercise every morning (it started mainly cos I knew I'd be logging some serious couch hours while watching the Olympics,so I wanted to make sure I put some exercise in the mix to appease my mum!).And before every one of Andy's matches,I'd push myself a little harder than I had the day before.Then,later on,I'd be there saying to Andy on screen-C'mon Andy!I pushed myself earlier-now you push hard enough to get that win!I know it's stupid,but I then actually repeated that exercise ritual for the USO.And it worked!(Andy's tennis may
have had something to do with that result too haha!)May have to do it during all the slams...
But for the most part I'll just clutch whatever's nearest-sometimes I'll hug my dog (if he's in the mood to be patient enough to be clutched at and put up with my nerves lol),sometimes a cushion.Mostly I just talk-or yell- at poor Andy on the screen-as if
I'd know tennis better than he does
Often keep a bit of chocolate around too-either for the comfort or-ideally-celebration!
Btw,Ruthie,thank you-what a great idea for a thread!