‘Bouzie Bottle’ bows out in Wimbledon quarter-finals

Fueled by an insider’s series of pre-match superstitions and a decades-long devotion to an eye-catching giant water bottle, Marie Bouzkova could reach the Wimbledon semi-finals on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Czech from the USA will be an underdog when she takes on world number two Ons Jabeur.

Win or lose, it’s sure to catch the eye.

At each crossing, Bouzková reaches for a large jet-black water bottle, which must be lifted with both hands.

The ‘Bouzie Bottle’ boasts a giant sticker reading ‘From Prague to Florida…to a court near you’.

“We bought it from a girl in Florida. I used the original for three years, and now I always just look on Amazon and buy a new one,” said Bouzková, who has been using the giant bottle for ten years.

“I actually can’t imagine playing without him right now.

Until this Wimbledon, Bouzková had never advanced beyond the second round of a major.

But after knocking out seventh seed Danielle Collins in the first round, the 66th Czech made it into the draw.

“I don’t know how I got here,” Bouzková admitted after taking out Caroline Garcia in the third round.

To celebrate, she celebrated with her team with traditional strawberries and cream.

“It’s one of our 100 routines at Wimbledon,” she said.

Bouzková is superstitious enough to rarely deviate from her pre-match routines.

In a recent interview with DNES, she said that she and her father Milan always play the board game Sequence in front of the court.

In addition, tea with cups placed on the left.

He always uses the first shower on his left hand and then always consumes two bananas.

Bouzkova has never faced Jabeura in singles but faced her in the doubles in Eastbourne last month when the Tunisian teamed up with the returning Serena Williams.

“Ons is one of the most talented on the tour. She can basically do anything, she mixes up the game great. Lots of dropshots. Her game is really fun,” said Bouzková.

Jabeur reached the last eight in 2021 and is now looking to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final.

The 27-year-old cruised through the first three rounds before digging to save five set points in the opening set of her last match with Elise Mertens.

Now she hopes her progress at the All England Club will inspire other Arab and African players.

“I want them to believe in themselves more and believe that they can be here,” Jabeur said.

“I don’t come from a rich family, so you have to stop making excuses and go ahead and enjoy it.”

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