When preparing for a tennis match it is good to eat at least 2 hours before your competition. This gives the body time to move the food out of the stomach before the activity. Eating less than 2 hours before will result in your blood flow diverted to the stomach to aid in digestion instead of to the muscles.
Try to eat something light like a sandwich or pasta. Stay away from fried foods like cheeseburgers and fries. Avoid any soft drink with caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic which move water out of the body and could make you dehydrate sooner. Soda pop like Coke, Pepsi, Mt. Dew, Mr. Pibb, Dr. Pepper, tea or coffee all have caffeine so be sure to avoid before the match but after is okay.
Also you donâ€™t want to load up on too many sugars so soft drinks might are not good. The best is water and maybe a little sport drink. A sugar high may seem good to start with but as the match progresses your sugar level will drop significantly. Be sure to drink plenty of water to fully hydrate the body.
Next we will talk about nutrition during the match.