Tennis is a game of quick action and movement than takes a toll on the body. To play at your best, you must get the right nutrition.
Novak Djokovic made headlines when he credited his gluten-free diet for an increase in wins on the court. But going gluten-free is not necessarily the best way to fuel your body for tennis.
Fad diets are never a good thing for athletes, because most of them leave out macronutrients that athletes need. By balancing food and eliminating empty calories, athletes can more efficiently fuel their bodies.
Although some tennis players tweak their diets based on their physical needs, all athletes should have a basic diet of protein, fat, whole-grain carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. Check out these guidelines for fueling tips that apply to all athletes.
Another key to tennis performance is nutrient timing. If you are playing a match in an hour, make sure your body is fueled, but don’t eat a heavy meal. Consume your meal hours before, and have a light snack of protein and carbohydrates closer to your match.
For more ideas on proper nutrition for tennis, read “Why the Everything in Moderation Diet Is Best.”