Pros' pre-match meals

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  1. tenniskillz

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    Does any one know wat most pros have before they play a match? Also, what is a good breakfast to eat before an early match, or a good lunch to eat before playing a second match of the day? I play tournaments all the time and wondering if there is something I can have to help improve performance for matches..
     
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  2. HappyAndFriendlyAlways

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    read the current tennis magazine, as they cover that

    eat carbs the night before
    eat light low carbs the day of
    and eat protein as soon as you can after( if you have another match make that protein a shake or bar)

    from my experience the best before and after a match meal is what the bryan brothers eat, the organic food bar, it rocks baby

    best price is at trader joes. where do you live?
     
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  3. El Diablo

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    Jimmy Connors -- two hamburgers and three glasses of Coca Cola (as reported in Tennis Magazine in the 1970s). Try it, and you too can win the US Open on three different surfaces!!
     
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    i have a small suggestion, based on my last time out
    fruit, i had an apple right before i left the house for the practise session, it did the trick, it game me enough energy to runa rround for the 2 hour session
     
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    I like apples before tennis as well.

    On really hot days, eating burgers prior to playing competitive tennis makes me really sluggish if not sick to the point of throwing up on the court.

    I have read somewhere that apples are not good on the stomach before tennis, but for me, it is the best thing before hitting the court on a hot day.
     
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    Haha. I would also recommend adding a six pack of beer to that for maximum energy and coordination.
     
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    Plenty of complex carbs the day & hight before. Steel cut oatmeal really early in the AM and a shake with unsweetened soy milk, fronez fruit and not fat plain yogurt a couple of hours before.
     
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    It depends. I spoke to a player last week who has a very high metabolism and he eats a full meal before his matches or he gets hungry after the first set and he can't concentrate. Other players I know will eat just fruit or a power bar before they play, or perhaps one plain bagel. You have to figure out what works best for you, what level of fullness helps your performance. I would say start light and move up from there. Fruit, toast, bagel, some type of power bar or cereal bar. Sometimes a small serving of plain pasta will work, with a banana during your match perhaps.

    You might want to try keeping a food diary for a week. Write down everything you eat and keep track of how you feel one hour later or two hours later. That could help you figure out what foods will work best for you before matches and between matches.
     
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    i wonder why that is? it has sugar which gave me the energy pickup i needed and its fairly light, i figure anyfruit would be ok, when i played soccer my father would give us orange wedges at half time, worked good, grapes and bananas should be good to, i tried peanuts at one time, did not notise anything good or bad, also coffee, not good before practise or game, specially on hot weather, felt sluggish and full, people also told me that it amkes you retain water, hence making the previous true,

    anyway this topic is very interesting to me because after work i usually get home pretty beat, i have to force myself to hit the courts, so having something thats gonna give me the boost is what i am looking for,
    i would prefer to find something natural, but what about a powerbar?
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions, but I was more interested in what the pros eat the morning before a match, like specific (i.e. pasta, rice and meat, or etc)

    Also, saw on tennis channel no strings, fernando verdasco would only eat rice and fish for lunch before a practice session. I was wondering what a tournament player like me should eat between matches, as many tournament players only have an hour to eat lunch before playing their second match. What is a good high carb meal, or should it be protein, like what end of the spectrum (pasta, protein shake/fish or chicken, or like a sandwich to get a little of both?) ?

    Thanks in advance..
     
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    If you only have an hour between matches, no don't eat pasta and other intense carbs.

    Again, what the pros eat doesn't matter because they are not you and you are not them. That's why I suggested you keep a food diary, you have to figure out what works best FOR YOU. If you want, I can call Jan-Michael or Mike Yani and ask them exactly what they ate last week during the Yuba City Challenger, but it won't help you because your weight, fitness level, metabolism, and personal preferences are as different from them as they are from each other (and honestly they will both think I am crazy because they know I don't need to eat like that).

    In general, eat light meals before your matches and between matches. Eat heavier meals the day and evening before (pizza, pasta, potatoes as one minor league ball player told me a decade ago).

    Do you take your own food? Get a whole wheat tortilla, a few broad leaves of lettuce, a slice of cheese and a piece of cooked chicken. Shred the chicken with your hands, lay everything flat on the tortilla with a little bit of mayo or mustard, roll it up tightly and store it in a sealed plastic bag. Voila, between match snack. Keep an orange and a banana handy if you need more than the wrap, or something small during your match.
     
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    good advice, but drop the lettuce, and go for spinach, as lettuce is crap empty nutrition, that just traps more pesticides

    organic food bar is the best thing by far to eat day of or during. its perfect
     
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    There was an article in the Tennis Magazine some time ago about Federer's pre-match eating habits.

    If my memory serves right, he eats a fairly normal breakfast before his Wimbledon final. It wasn't anything carbs-intensive or protein-intensive, just a well-mixed breakfast served with orange juice and even coffee.
     
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    just eat pasta and don't worry bout it
     
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  15. Julieta

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    If you start feeling negative it usually means you need to eat something.

    I am one of those players that needs to eat. With tournaments away from home it can be a bit tricky. You have to find a chain or a market that has something that works for you.
     
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    This is very similar to my diet. I love steel cut oats. They are the best.
    I drink some soy milk, but mostly non-fat cow's milk.

    -Robert
     
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    I know this isn't tennis exactly, but I remember the NBC commentators during the hockey finals talking about this.

    They said that for an 8:00 game, the pros usually have their last solid food around 12:00-1:00 and after that just fluids or whatever.

    Hockey's probably a lot more like tennis than other sports are, so I'm guessing the timing of food isn't terribly off either.
     
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    Quite a bit off. The Tennis Magazine article years ago noted that most pros want some substantial food around three hours before a match.
     
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    +1 for steel cut oats. I throw in a few blueberries but that's just cuz I'm out of control on play days.
     
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    i definitely need to eat before a match. It is usually a full meal an hour or two before. Grilled chicken pesto pasta salad is usually what i eat. If i can't get a meal in, i'll take weight gainer to substitute for the meal or a meal replacement protein.
     
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    +1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    pasta/spaggeti the night before.
    alot of carbs, but spread out the day of.
     
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