Success on The Tennis Court
BY THIROSHAN CHETTY, DIRECTOR OF TENNIS
It’s the big game day. You’ve been practicing your serve, your backhand and your moves. You’ve been in training for months. You think you’re ready, but the old tennis engine just seems to sputter to a halt: No energy, no fuel, no strength. Even your stomach is leaning toward another sport – such as gymnastics with all of its flip-flops.
The key to success on the tennis court is building and storing energy. This starts the night before with adequate nourishment and hydration: Go heavy on fluids and carbohydrates. The carbohydrates will convert to energy for the tennis match.
We at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club understand the nuances and the demands of the game of tennis. Golden Ocala provides the ideal environment for players and novices:
- 6 Har-Tru Hydro-Grid® Courts, all lit for night play.
- Private tennis lessons with our tennis professionals.
- Youth tennis programs.
- Champion tennis leagues.
- Tennis Pro Shop offering the latest in tennis fashion.
- Custom racket stringing.
The biggest energy stealer arrives the day of the tennis match, bright and early and ready to zap your energy. We advise competitors eat a meal in the morning that supplies energy and is easily digestible. Without food in your stomach, the energy engine will have trouble turning over.
Go with foods that are low in fat and high in protein. Our favorites are pasta the previous night and peanut butter on toast in the morning.
Competing in tennis matches reap some significant health benefits:
- Three hours of playing tennis per week cuts the risk of death in half.
- Tennis players are more alert.
- Tennis beats golf, inline skating and most other sports in developing positive personality traits.
- Competitive tennis burns more calories than tennis and cycling. Playing a vigorous game for an hour burns about 600 calories.