pre-match/post-match meals

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  1. 15-0

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    hi tw staff, love your work. for a school project i am investigating the most effecting pre and post match meals for a tennis player.

    could i get some of your general eating habits before and after a match. it would be really helpful if i could get a number of you to answer this.

    thanks heaps!
     
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  2. thejackal

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    caroline wozniacki's prematch meal is a bowl of pasta no sauce, only a bit of salt on top.

    most pros will eat anything thats carb-based, easy to digest and, in caroline's case, familiar. she was eating next to me and I asked her about eating plain pasta. she said 'as long as it has salt on it, I like it'

    raonic's postmatch meal is sushi, or a steak if he has a match the next day. usually something low in carbs amd high in protein
     
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  3. El Diablo

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    I simply MUST post this again: Jimmy Connors' pre-match meal, about 3 hours before playing --- 2 hamburgers (with buns) and 3 glasses Coca Cola (source: Tennis Magazine).
     
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  4. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Pre-match = chicken marsala
    Post-match = a burrito
     
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  5. MikeHitsHard93

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    Pre-match: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich x2, Gatorade, triple threat bar

    Post-match: McDonald's/Wendy's lol
     
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  6. ShankServeAce

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    Pre-Match: monster energy drink
    Post Match: beer
     
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  7. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Between games: Carne Asada fries and coke.
     
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    Just made me miss west coast food. I'd prob make a fortune introducing that here on the east coast.
     
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  9. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    They don't have coke in the east coast?! :) And I once thought about moving there too.
     
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  10. TW Staff

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    My pre and post match meals have changed a bunch with age as I could eat almost anything and get away with it!

    When I was in college and a junior player (and when I coached college, we would eat like this as well), we would go out and eat Italian or PF Changs or somewhere where we could get a decent portion of carbs and protein the night before. Then depending on when we were playing would depend on how we ate right before a match. A lot of times, if we were playing in the afternoon or late afternoon, we'd have a big breakfast and follow it up with an optional lunch or just some prematch snacks. With my experience in the college world (as a player and coach) you have that feeling that you need to eat when you can because you could be on the court for the next 4-6 hours. Each player is different though and as a coach, I coached many European players and they weren't accustomed to eating the "American" breakfasts and they were more accustomed to eating the breads and meats at breakfasts, while the American players were happy with cereal/oatmeal. If we were playing at 8am or 9am, we'd stop at a bagel place or somewhere that had variety and would make every player happy.

    As a coach, I always made my players get water, no sodas were allowed during tournaments. And as the saying goes, you need to hydrate the night before and if you are thirsty on the court, you're already dehydrated.

    Post match would always be a nice meal.

    During a match, we'd always be sure to have bananas, gatorade, granola bars, crackers, grapes, trail mix, etc.

    Today, if I were playing a tournament, pre match would probably be a bagel sandwich (with egg and a turkey and cheese), COFFEE (a must!), and a banana. Post match is a protein shake and a banana and lots of water. And dinner would be where ever my friends want to eat after play is done for the day...which may or may not include some adult beverages to celebrate or commiserate. ;)

    Hope that helps,

    Michelle, TW
     
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