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Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Boston, MA
Re: Helpppppp!!! Tennis Question!!!
I have a lot of experience with this sort of thing. We would have day-long tennis tournaments as a team and we'd start at 9:00 AM and then go on until 7-8 PM, so here's what I've found works the best.
The night before carbo-load, that's true for both days. You want to make sure you have all of those carbs handy in your body. Pastas are the obvious choice, but I usually have sushi the night before if you're into that. Tuna is a good source of protein and all of the rice is pretty good carbs. It's also usually very light also, so you don't need to worry about it effecting you the next day.
Make sure you also hydrate yourself fully before you even get on court. Start hydrated and continue to have water at every change of ends. Even if you aren't thirsty, it's important to keep those fluids in your body. You don't want to start drinkin only when you feel thirsty, because that's a sign that your body needed fluids before that. Try to drink 1 or 2 bottles of water even before you head out to the court, and continue to drink as you go along. Make sure you have filled up on H20 before you start ingesting gatorade or any other type of sport drink.
Inbetween sets, or during changeovers a banana is a good fruit to eat, but any fruit is a nice thing to give you a little boost.
Inbetween your matches have small meals that have carbs and proteins. PB&J, Turkey, nuts and granola, power bars, bagels, pretzels, are all items that are good and easy to bring on a day like this.