Every senior tennis player accepts the fact that you should start and stay hydrated during a match; but what – if anything – should you EAT during a match?
Food is Fuel
You watch the pros on TV (that is, when we used to watch the pros on TV), and they are either drinking something or eating something to help maintain their energy as a match wears on. Some of them have mixed drinks and others are sucking on tubes of something.
I was playing singles with world-ranked Gordon Hammes and he observed that I was drinking PowerAde Zero that had no added sugar in it. The former scientist said that his drink HAS sugar in it because he wants to get the energy boost that it provides.
According Tom Brady, in his book “The TB12 Method, “The high sugar content in many commercially sold sports drinks can make them counterproductive.”
But my conversation with Gordon reminded me that I used to carry a little, one-ounce box of raisins in my tennis bag for just the same reason; and I have restarted that habit … and I find that the natural sugar boost does provide extra energy at the end of a match.
Several players I know carry a banana with them to eat during the match. I have done the same; but did it more for the potassium than the energy factor.
How about YOU… what do you consume during a long, hot match to help you last?
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