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TimeToPlaySets
10-03-2012, 10:45 AM
Seems like many pro athletes let themselves get fat (or genetically become fat). I can not picture a former USTA player becoming obese.
Same with golfers. Yet, MBA, NFL, even MLB, I see fat old timers. Can anyone cite examples?

Correlation is not causation? Are tennis players a different breed? Any theories to throw about?

LanceStern
10-03-2012, 10:54 AM
I cannot cite examples, but all of the "legends" we've seen so far seem to stay in relatively slim form(McEnroes, Sampras, Agassi)

I would tehorize it's because they get into great work out routines for all their life, and tennis (or any individual sport) is relatively easy sport to pick up and play even in older age (unlike football/hockey, which builds you to be BIG and then you can't keep that sport up in your later years). And for the MLB you don't have to necessarily be amazing shape (no offense to baseball players) and it can be a low-demand sport

dominikk1985
10-03-2012, 11:07 AM
ivan lendl was very fat a few years ago (I think he weighed at least like 230 or so). but now that he plays again a little he is in pretty good shape again

Evan77
10-03-2012, 11:10 AM
check out Kafelnikov. too lazy to post his pics but you can google him. He is obeese right now, looks horrible.

Hood_Man
10-03-2012, 11:16 AM
I suppose when you spend most of your younger adult life eating high numbers of calories, to maintain your necessary physique when competing and training, and then stop competing and training but don't adjust, the pounds will pile on.

I wonder if tennis players diets are radically different from other sports?

smoledman
10-03-2012, 11:23 AM
Check out Pat Rafter, OMG he's obese.

kishnabe
10-03-2012, 11:30 AM
Look at Nadal Soccer Uncle....

Nadal will be overweight with those cookies.

tennis_pro
10-03-2012, 11:39 AM
This thread is useless without pics. Here are some:

Kafelnikov
http://tennis-pronostics.com/sites/default/files/winnercup/kafelnikov_milan_1995.jpghttp://www.atpchampionstour.com/images/kafelnikov8.jpg


Agassi
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2006/writers/steve_hofstetter/06/27/standup.guy/p1_agassi.jpghttp://www.freakingnews.com/pictures/9500/Andre-Agassi--9516.jpg

Alchemy-Z
10-03-2012, 11:46 AM
More retire from other sports = more chances for fatties

you figure 2 NFL teams of 53 players = 106 people.

32 teams.

that's a lot of people...and I know plenty who stayed in great shape...but even if 50% of them didn't that would be 800 something fatties.

Tennis hall of fame is just over 200 members and I think like only 80 are alive.

JTJet
10-03-2012, 11:47 AM
LOL at that Agassi pic.

smoledman
10-03-2012, 11:47 AM
This thread is useless without pics. Here are some:

Agassi
http://www.freakingnews.com/pictures/9500/Andre-Agassi--9516.jpg

You sir are a genius. Wow, too bad Agassi let himself go like that. :shock:

Mustard
10-03-2012, 12:39 PM
The late Horst Skoff was pretty big in his last few years of life.

Boricua
10-03-2012, 12:47 PM
You sir are a genius. Wow, too bad Agassi let himself go like that. :shock:

Big twins on the way?

smoledman
10-03-2012, 12:49 PM
Big twins on the way?

He needed all that beer for his little babies. :oops:

Hood_Man
10-03-2012, 12:53 PM
Doesn't Murray consume 6000 calories a day to maintain his current physique? That'll be a big adjustment when he retires, assuming that stays the same throughout his career.

Evan77
10-03-2012, 01:05 PM
Doesn't Murray consume 6000 calories a day to maintain his current physique? That'll be a big adjustment when he retires, assuming that stays the same throughout his career.
hm, interesting. where did you get this info? 6000 calories is a lot ... I doubt it.

Hood_Man
10-03-2012, 01:20 PM
hm, interesting. where did you get this info? 6000 calories is a lot ... I doubt it.

He was when he was bulking up a few years ago, but I'm just wondering if he still does or not.

I've got arms like pipe cleaners so I don't really know how this muscle maintenance stuff works :lol:

Just googled... Michael Phelps for instance was eating 12,000 a day back in 2008 during the Beijing Olympics :shock:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7562840.stm

Mustard
10-03-2012, 01:28 PM
Professional athletes consume a lot of calories, so that they can then exercise it off and get a great physique. If they had consumed that many calories and didn't exercise enough, they would be hugely obese.

jokinla
10-03-2012, 01:31 PM
Serena already has a whole lot of junk in her trunk, hate to think of what will happen when she retires.

Hood_Man
10-03-2012, 01:48 PM
Professional athletes consume a lot of calories, so that they can then exercise it off and get a great physique. If they had consumed that many calories and didn't exercise enough, they would be hugely obese.

Come to think of it, I've just remembered the Isner/Mahut match 2 years ago, where after the second day it was reported that Roddick turned up at wherever Isner was staying with a huge pile of takeaway pizza's. I think it was McEnroe as well who saying that he'd need to concentrate on just stuffing his face that evening with whatever he could get hold of.

pound cat
10-03-2012, 02:14 PM
Tennis players keep playing their sport after they retire and stay in shape. Professional football players don't play their sport...nor do boxers or basketball pros.

Gonzalito17
10-03-2012, 03:36 PM
Zina Garrison was rather hefty when she was Fed Cup captain. Lendl of course was big. Kafel was big but he lost a lot of the weight. Muster got fat but he got super fit again for his comeback two years ago. Saw Andres Gomez two years ago in Florida and he was definitley out of shape.

TennisLovaLova
10-04-2012, 01:09 AM
At least they are rich when they retire

Monsieur_DeLarge
10-04-2012, 01:26 AM
I think team sports, especially contact sports where you need to carry a lot of muscle, are more prone to producing heavier-than-average former players. People with that body type will naturally turn muscle to fat as they become too old to keep themselves in top condition. Tennis players aren't chunky to start with, so it's less likely to become a problem.

I seem to remember Ilie Nastase being a bit... "cuddly" after he retired, although he's not obese? Might be wrong, though. Kafelnikov and Lendl are obvious names; two who turned to golf in their retirement, instead of jumping on to the Champions Tour to keep in shape. And I'm surprised nobody's mentioned a certain Mr Nalbandian, who I don't think will be suffering from anorexia after he quits.

The late Horst Skoff was pretty big in his last few years of life.

:shock: I didn't know he'd died. Wow... guy was barely older than me. Always seems sadder when journeymen pass on, probably because there's no big hoo-ha memorials. I felt the same about Todd Witsken.


Regards,
MDL

*Sparkle*
10-04-2012, 01:36 AM
The high profile ones seem to either go into seniors touring, or become coaches, so both of those will keep them fairly active.

It also seems that the top players don't just eat what they want, expecting to burn it off. They have specialised diets and treat food very much as a fuel. Looking at that list of what Michael Phelps eats, it seems like a chore to get through that many calories. Eating a regular diet may feel luxurious by comparison.

dangalak
10-04-2012, 01:51 AM
I think team sports, especially contact sports where you need to carry a lot of muscle, are more prone to producing heavier-than-average former players. People with that body type will naturally turn muscle to fat as they become too old to keep themselves in top condition. Tennis players aren't chunky to start with, so it's less likely to become a problem.

:lol: That is physically impossible.

batz
10-04-2012, 01:59 AM
:lol: That is physically impossible.

Indeed it is.

Monsieur_DeLarge
10-04-2012, 04:07 AM
:lol: That is physically impossible.

Sigh, ok ok, "once they stop exercising their muscles will shrink, allowing adipose tissue to replace them."

I wasn't trying to give some kind of physiologically specific fitness-guru description in order to pass a medical exam.
:roll:


Regards,
MDL

Crisstti
10-04-2012, 04:13 AM
Look at Nadal Soccer Uncle....

Nadal will be overweight with those cookies.

Miguel Angel looks fine I think?.

ollinger
10-04-2012, 04:24 AM
The OP is probably aware that most people gain weight after their 20s and 30s. Why would tennis players be any different in this regard. If anthing, one would expect it to happen MORE to them than the rest of us because of the more dramatic change in their activity levels.

dangalak
10-04-2012, 04:43 AM
The OP is probably aware that most people gain weight after their 20s and 30s. Why would tennis players be any different in this regard. If anthing, one would expect it to happen MORE to them than the rest of us because of the more dramatic change in their activity levels.

The reason for this thread is, that apparently, the same isn't true for tennis players.

The reason this thread was made is, because that despite your expectation (which he seems to share) he can't seem to see it happening.

You're not very quick are you?

CMM
10-04-2012, 06:01 AM
Look at Nadal Soccer Uncle....
http://i47.tinypic.com/mj8km1.jpg

Nadal will be overweight with those cookies.
Judging by his father's looks (http://i49.tinypic.com/33veszo.jpg), I'd say it's possible.

Shaolin
10-04-2012, 11:27 AM
Kafelnikov kinda let himself go.

http://www.nycdiet.com/nycdiet/images/yevgeny1.jpg

Alchemy-Z
10-04-2012, 11:54 AM
Tennis players that stay in the (spot light) tend to play the senior/champions pro tour and exo's

same with Golf.

no grampa league for Baseball/football/basketball. so they just stop playing.

jokinla
10-04-2012, 07:21 PM
Kafelnikov kinda let himself go.

http://www.nycdiet.com/nycdiet/images/yevgeny1.jpg

Oh my goodness, "Hey Hey Hey"!

nikdom
10-04-2012, 08:42 PM
BJK

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/80/Billie_Jean_King_TFF_2007_Shankbone.jpg/220px-Billie_Jean_King_TFF_2007_Shankbone.jpg

http://www.insidesocal.com/outinhollywood/2006_04_19_billie_jean_king.jpg

atatu
10-05-2012, 07:59 AM
When Peter Lundren was playing, he was a skinny, fast and strong. Now, not so much....

JamieSafe
10-05-2012, 08:25 AM
I don't think you can ever stop playing tennis once you're hooked, although for pros it might be a different story since unlike us they actually decline...

ollinger
10-05-2012, 08:33 AM
dang
no, I'm not very quick, but this allows me to be careful, and all I see in this thread is relatively few anecdotal examples of former players, some of whom are shown to have gained quite alot of weight. So your assertion that "the same isn't true for tennis players" (of which there are thousands of former touring pros) appears to be baseless and not supported here by any evidence.

CCNM
10-05-2012, 02:59 PM
Ivan Lendl looks like he's packed on a few pounds.

Gut Check
10-05-2012, 03:03 PM
When Peter Lundren was playing, he was a skinny, fast and strong. Now, not so much....

Ya, I remember watching Lundgren in coach mode sitting in the players' guest box a few years ago thinking he was seriously pushing maximum density. Time to enjoy life I suppose. No reason a person can't gain some weight and still be well within all of the other key measures for good health.

kiki
10-05-2012, 03:08 PM
Lendl is well rounded now...

sureshs
10-06-2012, 09:22 AM
The OP is probably aware that most people gain weight after their 20s and 30s. Why would tennis players be any different in this regard. If anthing, one would expect it to happen MORE to them than the rest of us because of the more dramatic change in their activity levels.

But what about relative to other sports?

sureshs
10-06-2012, 09:23 AM
Most tennis players retire so poor that they have nothing to eat. So they are thin.

ruerooo
10-06-2012, 09:27 AM
I saw Mats up close at the USO and he is still very trim.

Some of the elder Argentines, maybe, not so much.

So I think it depends a good deal on the person (and possibly how hard they partied in their early years - that can catch up with you if you don't take some remedial measures).