General nutrition in tennis
Modern tennis is a much more athletic, fast moving game then it was when it originated. And studies have shown that energy levels are different and thus stress on the body, when a player is participating in practice drills as opposed to an actual match. So while nutritional requirements may vary depending on what a tennis player is doing, what is good general nutrition advice for a tennis player?
As with most sports, protein intake is important. However, a player shouldn’t overdo this. Moderate protein intake is fine for drills and practice sessions. This translates to a protein energy bar or fruit yogurt. Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and even during practice or drills, stay well hydrated. Avoid beverages with caffeine during practices and games as they cause a loss in body fluids through urination. And good general sports nutrition means not skipping meals, so always eat a balanced breakfast. While you want to increase protein intake before matches, avoid red meat, opting instead for turkey and other choices. And win or lose, after a match, replenish your body with a variety of foods, including carbohydrates. Stay away from bread though, and munch on pasta and crackers.