The food secrets of the best tennis players in the world

Vegans, vegetarians, gluten free or a mixed diet: what you need to know about your favourite stars

by Lorenzo Ciotti
The food secrets of the best tennis players in the world
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In the competitive reality of professional tennis, nutrition plays a fundamental role in ensuring optimal performance on the court. Many of the world's best tennis players have adopted special diets to support their nutritional needs and improve their performance.

Known for his unparalleled athletic ability, the Slam-record holder Novak Djokovic adopts a gluten-free diet which has allowed him to achieve great results on the court. The tennis player carefully follows a diet based on natural foods, avoiding foods containing gluten such as pasta, bread and cereals.

This allows him to stay light and energetic during matches.

23 times Slam champion Serena Williams is known for being vegan. She has disclosed that she has embraced a vegan lifestyle for health and wellness reasons. Her diet is based on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and plant proteins such as tofu and legumes.

Despite the absence of animal foods, Serena demonstrates enviable physical strength and endurance, winning titles again and again.

One of the first tennis stars to adopt a vegan diet was Venus Williams, one of the greatest players of all time.

After being diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease, Venus decided to completely eliminate animal products from her diet. This step led to a marked improvement in her condition and allowed her to return to the field with great success.

The food secrets of the best tennis players in the world

Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, does not follow a particular restrictive diet, but aims to maintain a balanced diet. By including a variety of healthy foods, such as lean meat, fish, vegetables and complex carbohydrates, Nadal ensures an adequate supply of nutrients to maintain constant energy levels and promote speedy recovery after physical exertion.

And the same things works also for Roger Federer.

Nutrition plays a crucial role in the success of elite tennis players. Many opt for specific diets, such as gluten-free, vegan or a simple balanced diet. Regardless of nutritional choices, it is clear that the secret to these champions' success lies in providing their bodies with the adequate nutrients to maintain high athletic performance.

Following in the footsteps of the best tennis players could teach us something about diets that also help us in daily life.