This is from the “Parenting Aces” Blog
If you think good nutrition doesn’t play a major factor in success on the tennis court, think again!
I have spent this weekend at the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff tournament where 8 American men and 8 American women competed for a spot in the main draw of next month’s Australian Open. In the first round of the tourney, after winning the first set then losing the second in a heart-breaking tie-breaker, Jack Sock found himself up a break in the 3rd set against long-time rival Dennis Kudla. Instead of closing out the match, earning himself a spot in the semifinals the next day, Jack had to retire because of cramping.
Cramping? Indoors? In December?
First of all, Jack Sock is 19 years old and looks to be in great physical condition. He’s a big boy – 6’1″ and 180 lbs according to the ATP website – and hits a big ball and moves well around the court. Cramping? Really?
I later found out from the medical trainer working the tournament that the reason for Jack’s cramping was not due to heat (duh since we were indoors) but rather due to dehydration. You would think that players (and those who work with them) at this level would know and understand the need to drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after their matches, right? Well, apparently, that’s not always the case.
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