If you see the German coach of Angelique Kerber sporting a large beard during a tennis tournament, it is a sign that the world’s top female player is on a winning streak.
Torben Beltz, 39, has been observing a ritual of not shaving for as long as his 28-year-old compatriot is still in a tournament.
Beltz said the longest period that he was unshaven was during the US Open earlier this year when Kerber reached a milestone in her career: attaining the world’s number one ranking as well as winning her second Grand Slam in the same season.
“I was not shaving before the (US Open) tournament for the whole of two weeks, and she was not losing. So it is a good sign if I have a big beard!” Beltz grinned.
Up to last year, Kerber did not have a single major title on her trophy cabinet but 2016 is already a vintage year for her. Apart from the US Open, Kerber has clinched the Australian Open trophy, reached the Wimbledon final, and clinched a silver medal from the Rio Olympics.
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