Do retired tennis pros ever become obese? (Like other sports)

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  1. TimeToPlaySets

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    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?
     
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  2. LanceStern

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    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
     
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  3. dominikk1985

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    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
     
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  4. Evan77

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    check out Kafelnikov. too lazy to post his pics but you can google him. He is obeese right now, looks horrible.
     
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    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?
     
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  6. smoledman

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    Check out Pat Rafter, OMG he's obese.
     
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    Look at Nadal Soccer Uncle....

    Nadal will be overweight with those cookies.
     
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  8. tennis_pro

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    This thread is useless without pics. Here are some:

    Kafelnikov
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    Agassi
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  9. Alchemy-Z

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    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.
     
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    LOL at that Agassi pic.
     
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    You sir are a genius. Wow, too bad Agassi let himself go like that. :shock:
     
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    The late Horst Skoff was pretty big in his last few years of life.
     
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    Big twins on the way?
     
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    He needed all that beer for his little babies. :oops:
     
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    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.
     
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    hm, interesting. where did you get this info? 6000 calories is a lot ... I doubt it.
     
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  17. Hood_Man

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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  19. jokinla

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    Serena already has a whole lot of junk in her trunk, hate to think of what will happen when she retires.
     
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  20. Hood_Man

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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  23. TennisLovaLova

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    At least they are rich when they retire
     
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    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.

    :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.


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    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.
     
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  26. dangalak

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    :lol: That is physically impossible.
     
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    Indeed it is.
     
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    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:


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    Miguel Angel looks fine I think?.
     
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  30. ollinger

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    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.
     
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    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?
     
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    Judging by his father's looks, I'd say it's possible.
     
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    Kafelnikov kinda let himself go.

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  34. Alchemy-Z

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    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.
     
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    Oh my goodness, "Hey Hey Hey"!
     
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    When Peter Lundren was playing, he was a skinny, fast and strong. Now, not so much....
     
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    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...
     
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    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.
     
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    Ivan Lendl looks like he's packed on a few pounds.
     
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  41. Gut Check

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    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.
     
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    Lendl is well rounded now...
     
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  43. sureshs

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    But what about relative to other sports?
     
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  44. sureshs

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    Most tennis players retire so poor that they have nothing to eat. So they are thin.
     
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    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).
     
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