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Tennis Player Diet: What the Superstars Eat

Have you wondered what the tennis players eat?

They need to maintain their physical and mental health. And the stamina, agility, and drive they demonstrate on the court must be fueled by decidedly specific (or special) diet.

One that allows the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams to play at their peak levels throughout the year.

What are Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic’s diet?

Pasta is regarded as the best dish for any player—it’s a staple in their diet. Of course, how it is prepared differs.

Simona Halep, for instance, wants her pasta without any sauce. She just put olive oil and sprinkle it with parmesan cheese on occasions.

Stan Wawrinka loves his pasta with shrimp.

Federer’s diet: Pasta, chocolate, and cheese

Federer is a self-confessed pizza lover. But he munches on pasta before heading to a match. Pasta has been his go-to food before training or playing.

Federer believes that eating pasta is integral to his performance in court. He eats a plate of pasta with light sauce two hours before playing. He’s been doing this for 20 years.

Chocolate remains to be his favourite snacks, however. He eats chocolate-flavoured energy bars during a match, in addition to bananas.

At home, he’ll have waffles and fresh juice for breakfast before drinking his coffee.

Oddly enough, he follows through with a vinegar shot.

For dinner, he likes to eat spicy food. That could be Indian, Japanese or Italian food.

At times, he would have fonduta, a Swiss fondue made from milk, cheese, butter, and egg yolk. Federer also prefers food with raclette or heated cheese scraped onto his plate of pasta.

Nadal’s diet: Seafood, olive, and pasta

Nadal prefers seafood, especially fish and shrimp. His favourite is shrimp dumplings. He also loves olive and can eat it every day.

Nadal also eats pasta with shrimp and mushrooms.

He does not eat much before a match because it affects his play. But while playing, Nadal would eat bananas and quench his thirst with isotonic energy drinks.

True to his Spanish roots, he loves paella on his downtime. He also munches on cakes and chocolates in limited quantity.

Djokovic’s diet: Vegan pasta and fresh and dried fruits and vegetables

Djoko is well-known for his vegan, gluten-free diet. It’s not because of preference but due to gluten allergy.

He starts the day with a sweet, hearty breakfast composed of oat-based cereal mix with fruits and honey. Djokovic tries to incorporate glucose, fructose, and natural sweeteners from the fruits he eats.

If not fruits, he would combine green, leafy and fresh vegetables with his breakfast.

His lunch is a power bowl muesli (rolled oats) with dried cranberries, seeds (pumpkin or sunflower), sliced almonds, and golden raisins. He eats this with berries or sliced bananas or apples and almond milk.

Before a match, he would eat pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, yellow summer squash, zucchini, asparagus, garlic cloves and olive oil. Djokovic uses vegan cheese to top his pasta.

After a game, he eats a protein-rich meal. He prefers fish like seabass with mango and papaya salsa. Meat, fish, and eggs are his only protein sources, though.

His favourite snack has got to be blueberry almond butter smoothies.

With all that, in the tennis world, it’s not just about the proper diet, but also the players’ food routine.

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Serena Williams Wins The Auckland Classic After 3 Years Without Any Title

Serena Williams is the latest among the series of tennis superstars who give to the Australian bushfires relief effort. That’s after winning the Auckland Classic on Sunday, January 12.

She had a two-set (6-3, 6-4) victory against the unseeded Jessica Pegula. Pegula has one title under her name.

Williams donated €38,600 to the relief efforts. 

Heating up the Australian Open expectations

The Auckland Classic is Williams’ 73rd title from the WTA, and her first WTA title since 2017. The Auckland Classic title was also her first after becoming a mom to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Interestingly, Williams won the Australian Open in 2017 while pregnant with her.

What’s more interesting about these facts and records is: Williams won her first WTA title in 1999. She’s been playing tennis for four decades!

She turned pro in October 1995.

Her Auckland Classic win only proved that Williams is still on top of her game. She acknowledged her game is sharpening as she heads to Melbourne.

Hopes are high for Williams’ fans as expectations are raised for this year’s Australian Open.

If she wins the title, she would equal Margaret Court’s Grand Slam title records to 24.

Not to mention, Williams had won several Australian Open titles in both singles and doubles. She has seven singles titles and four doubles titles. She also appeared in the finals of the 1999 mixed doubles. 

Australia as her second home for 20 years

Seeing the devastation firsthand, Williams had been deeply affected by the ongoing bushfires in the South. 

“I’ve been playing in Australia for over 20 years, and it’s been really hard for me to watch all the news and everything that has been happening in Australia with all the fire,” Williams said.

She was already decided to give the money to the relief appeal even before the tournament started.

Other tennis players including Novak Djokovic, Rodger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Maria Sharapova, and Simona Halep have also shared their blessings, pledging personal donations. 

Some players followed through Kyrgios lead in dedicating their aces to the bushfire relief campaign.

The International Tennis Federation, Wimbledon, French Open, and ATP have donated €806,000.

Indeed, the international tennis community is doing everything it could to extend help to the home of the first Grand Slam tournament.

More updates on the Australian Open

Poor air quality in Melbourne is making practising difficult the ongoing bushfires have caused.

Qualifying rounds were also delayed for about an hour for the same reason.

At least six players were scheduled to play on Melbourne Park at 11 am on January 14. However, the Air Quality Index was at 229, which is categorised as “very unhealthy.”

According to its organisers, the conditions are continuously monitored. They expect improvements in the coming days.

Ongoing consultations with the representatives of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria, the Bureau of Meteorology, and medical teams are conducted.

The organisers said, “As always the health and safety of our players, our staff and our fans is our priority.”

The Australian Open is scheduled to start on January 20.

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Australia Bushfire Appeal: When Tennis Stars Come Together

To kickoff tennis this 2020, the Australian Open is scheduled to begin on January 20 in Melbourne Park.

If not for the widespread bushfires in Australia that are currently raging the southeast, devastating homes, livelihood, forests, and wildlife.

Other than the concerns on the safety of the organizers, officials, players, and fans, the tennis players themselves have shown concerns about Australia and its people and wildlife.

Australia bushfire relief initiatives

Understanding the gravity of the situation, the tennis players themselves initiated a rallying cry for support.

Nick Kyrgios broke down during one of his interviews after an ATP Cup win. He revealed his difficulty focusing on his play, knowing that Australia and specifically, Canberra, his hometown, are being devastated by the bushfires.

Kyrgios said, “I’m glad the tennis world has taken the initiative, and hopefully, we can do whatever we can.”

  • Kyrgios started fundraising that reached to $700,000; he pledged $140 for every ace he hits for a total of $2,775
  • Following Kyrgios, other players also donated their aces: Alex de Minaur ($175), John Millman ($70), and Samantha Stosur ($140)
  • Following the tweets, Simona Halep did not commit her aces admitting she doesn’t hit several aces but instead will donate $200 each time she gave her coach a hard time in the box during all her matches in Australia
  • Kyrgios also tweeted Tennis Australia urging the organization to schedule an exhibition match
  • Tennis Australia pledged $700,000 to repair the damaged tennis facilities
  • The organization plans to donate $70 for each ace hit during the ATP Cup expected to be at $105,000 (the target is $150,000 with at least 1,500 aces)
  • Ashleigh Barty donated her Brisbane International winnings (which could be up to $265,000) to the relief efforts spearheaded by the Australian Red Cross
  • Barty also donated $20,850 in December 2019 to support the bushfire-affected wildlife
  • Maria Sharapova donated $17,400 while Novak Djokovic matched her financial support
  • Karolina Pliskova will also give $200 for every ace she hits while playing in Australia
  • WTA will donate $70 for each ace served at the Brisbane International, ASB Classic, Adelaide International, and Hobart International; the current tally of aces is 700

Exhibition match at Melbourne 

Tennis Australia is holding an exhibition match called Rally for Relief at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne Park. The match is a part of the Aces for Bushfire Relief program that the organization launched in the first week of January.

The match will happen on January 15, 6:30 pm. Tickets are already available at ticketmaster.com.au.  

It will feature Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal (although this detail is yet to be confirmed by the organization).

For the WTA, in an effort to help Tennis Australia, signed items will be auctioned off during the match.

Raising awareness and offering support through various fundraising opportunities are happening on social media. Hashtags #WTA4Love and #Aces4BushfireRelief were used.WTA players are directly asking fans to direct their donations to the Australian Red Cross at www.redcross.org.au/tennis.

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In an effort to help the Australian bushfire relief efforts, please head to www.redcross.org.au/tennis. Let’s ace this!