You Can Buy The Shirt Of Your Favourite Football Player, But Not Your Favourite Tennis Player – Until Now

Your Favourite Tennis Players Have Some Crazy Diets. Read Ahead! – Playo

You Can Buy The Shirt Of Your Favourite Football Player, But Not Your Favourite Tennis Player – Until Now

Professional athletes don’t get to the top of the tennis mountain by living us mere mortals. It takes extraordinary levels of dedication, and focus in their preparation and physical health. The latter deals with whatever they put inside themselves.

Since a tennis player’s schedule is constantly being upset by travel, jet lag, and matches that can last infinitely long, their diet has to be adaptable and flexible.

# Stan Wawrinka (Go greeeeeen)

Stan aims for a little consistency—a light breakfast before training, usually with whatever fruit is available (“It depends where we are and what country we’re in”). The rest of the day will be something starchy pasta for lunch, and a vegetable and protein-heavy dinner, maybe fish and filet mignon.

Breakfast
Watermelon, Two pieces of toast, Two scrambled eggs, Coffee

Lunch
Green salad, Pasta with shrimp

DinnerGreen salad, Green beans, Roasted sea bass

(Every meal is accompanied by Evian bottled water)

# Sir Andrew Barron Murray (aka Sushi guy)

The World No.1 Andy Murray reportedly eats 6000 calories a day on tour, and a lot of those come from sushi.

 The Scot (fourth seed at this year’s Open) can reportedly put away 50 serves of the Japanese delicacy in a single sitting.

 His team tracks down a good quality sushi restaurant in each city he plays, and he’s been known to put sushi in an ice cooler so it’s ready to go straight after match point.

He also eats large quantities of red meat, pasta and rice spread over six meals in a day. Breakfast is a yoghurt and a peanut butter bagel with a protein shake.

# Novak Djokovic (aka Gluten-free guy)

Serbian Novak Djokovic has one of the strictest eating regimens on the tennis tour.  He went gluten free after his nutritionist discovered an allergy to it. In his book, Serve to Win, Djokovic reveals a devotion to warm water and food – a premise rooted in ancient Chinese medicine, which says digestion requires heat to be most effective.

“The first thing I do bed is to drink a tall glass of room-temperature water,” Djokovic says. Gluten-free food and warm dishes are hard to come by everywhere he goes but he isn’t the World No.2 for nothing now, is he?

Also read: NOVAK DJOKOVIC IS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED . HERE’S 5 REASONS WHY?

# Rafael Nadal (I don’t believe in diets, no?)

During a cooking demonstration with Marcus Samuelsson, the 14-time Grand Slam champion was asked what he typically eats to train for a big match. “Always seafood,” said the tennis great who’s “not a believer in diets.”

Among the foods Nadal enjoys eating, such as olives and chocolates, is his mother’s home-cooked paella. He added, “Only sometimes, not every day. You eat paella every day, you cannot play tennis.”

“I love fishing and being in the sea with boats. I normally go with lines or spear guns. I love sea bass. It’s great when your on the boat and catch a sea bass, and have dinner with it. I love eating olives. They’re healthy, but maybe not if you eat as much as me. And I chocolate.”

Maybe we’ll quietly gloss over this one.

# Roger Federer (Ice cream and chocolate :-P)

Athletes in the 21st century usually stick to a strict diet throughout challenging tournaments to keep their body at optimal performance, but then again, Roger Federer isn’t many others. The 35-year-old family man revealed his secret diet to Jim Courier after defeating Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open 3R.

“I my ice cream, I my chocolate. That’s my diet. I my treats, I don’t feel bad about it, I it I can do it and play tennis at the same time.”

“I tell you what, you make me feel bad about it,” Courier replied.

It appears the sugar intake isn’t taking a hit on the former world No.1’s physique, remaining thin and fit throughout his 19-year professional career. The GOAT of tennis has won the Australian Open-Indian Wells-Miami triple this year at nearly 36 years of age, so I’m not really sure if you should follow any of the strict and extraneous diets that we talked about earlier.

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Iconic football shirts: Vote for your favourite

You Can Buy The Shirt Of Your Favourite Football Player, But Not Your Favourite Tennis Player – Until Now
Man Utd 1990, England 1966, Liverpool 1984 and Brazil 1970 are four classic kits. But do any of them win your vote for the most iconic?

It's around this time of year that clubs start preparing to reveal their kit designs for next season.

But we might have to wait a little this time around, so we've been reminiscing and appreciating some of the most iconic kits from years gone by.

We asked BBC Sport journalists for their suggestions and, although there were plenty of classic kits that didn't make the cut, we've narrowed it down to the 20 below.

Which is your favourite? Take a look through and vote at the bottom of this page.

Don't worry if your favourite hasn't made the shortlist – you will get the chance on Thursday to get involved and tell us.

In a live text, from 11.30 BST, we will reveal the answers to the vote – while also asking for your views, memories and pictures of your own classic kits.

England 1966

We start with the long-sleeved red Umbro shirt in which England beat West Germany 4-2 to win the World Cup in 1966. Sir Alf Ramsey's side only wore red at Wembley that day because the Germans won the toss to wear white. It's still a shirt loved by Three Lions fans and worn regularly more than 50 years later.

Celtic 1967

This famous shirt was worn by Celtic's 'Lisbon Lions' when they wrote their name into the history books with a 2-1 win over Inter Milan in Portugal to become the first British team to win the European Cup.

Brazil 1970

Very similar to most other Brazil kits, but this one is a retro classic. Worn by the great 1970 World Cup-winning side and the last shirt Pele sported before retiring from international duty.

Chelsea 1970

To avoid a clash with Leeds in the 1970 FA Cup final, Chelsea swapped their usual white socks, shirt piping and club badge to yellow.

They went on to win 2-1, lifting the famous trophy for the first time in the club's history.

To celebrate the 50-year anniversary, the Blues wore a one-off modernised commemorative replica kit for their third-round home tie with Nottingham Forest in 2020.

Ajax 1971

Simple but an absolute beauty. It was in this kit that Ajax beat Panathinaikos 2-0 at Wembley as they won the first of three consecutive European Cup finals.

Mexico 1978

One for the history books. After missing the 1974 World Cup, Mexico arrived at Argentina 1978 in style. Their kits were designed and made by American denim giants Levi's.

Boca Juniors 1981

This shirt screams Diego Maradona. It was the first shirt to feature Boca's four-star crest alongside their famous blue and gold colours. Adidas pulled it the bag with this one by producing a shirt that is still sought after almost four decades later.

Belgium 1984

Although the 1984 European Championships were forgettable for the Belgians, who didn't make it the group, this shirt lives long in the memory. The national team brought back the diamond design to inspire their 2018 World Cup kit.

Liverpool 1984

Liverpool wore a near-identical home shirt from 1983-1985, but this sponsorless edition worn for the 1984 European Cup final in Rome stands out. Joe Fagan's side beat Roma on penalties that night, and the famous shirt was used to inspire the Reds' 2019-20 kit.

Denmark 1986

Denmark made their World Cup debut in style. Much the shirt's split panels, the design divided opinion back in the day. But it was the first of its kind – Coventry and Southampton were among the clubs who later wore similar designs.

Netherlands 1988

One of the most sought-after shirts of all time. It's safe to say the Netherlands looked the part as they won the European Championship for the first time.

Colombia 1990

Colombia always have great kits and they arrived at the 1990 World Cup after a 28-year hiatus from the competition with this absolute belter. The iconic design was used to inspire Los Cafeteros' shirt for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

England 1990

Bobby Robson's side reached the semi-finals at Italia 90 in the World Cup that had it all. From Paul Gascoigne's tears in Turin and THAT Chris Waddle penalty miss, to Gary Lineker's vital goals, there are so many memories attached to this England shirt.

Man Utd 1990

Man Utd have had some great shirts over the years but this one is truly unique. The Aztec-style graphic on the away shirt was a fans' favourite and remains popular today.

West Germany 1990

The shirt worn by the Germans as they beat Argentina to win the 1990 World Cup. The slick design has become a retro classic and is still as popular today as it was 30 years ago.

Arsenal 1991

Arsenal's 'bruised banana' has to be one of the most legendary top-flight kits of the 1990s – if not ever. So popular, the Gunners used it as inspiration for their 2019-20 away shirt.

Barcelona 1997

It's hard to find a bad Barca shirt from over the years but this away kit is a gem, and synonymous with Ronaldo, as this was the only season he spent with the Catalan giants. Worn in the 1997 Cup Winners' Cup final where the Brazilian's penalty was enough to beat Paris St-Germain in Rotterdam.

Cameroon 2002

One-of-a-kind, but Cameroon's controversial sleeveless shirt didn't go down well with everyone. It was banned by Fifa for the 2002 World Cup in Japan because 'they're not shirts… they're vests'.

Nigeria 2018

Nigeria took the world by storm with this release for the 2018 World Cup. Fans queued for hours outside Nike's flagship store in London to get their hands on one, and with three million pre-orders of the replica shirts, they sold out almost immediately after they were released.

England women 2019

There was a lot of hype around this release before the 2019 Women's World Cup. It was the first time the Lionesses had their own exclusive kit, and the rose detail on the crimson shirts made it truly unique.

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Young American men are rising stars in tennis

You Can Buy The Shirt Of Your Favourite Football Player, But Not Your Favourite Tennis Player – Until Now

NEW YORK — There are five American men’s tennis stars-in-waiting at this year’s U.S. Open. Between a qualifier, a wild card recipient and a few who have been parked at the top of the ITF junior's rankings for a while, these young men comprise the deep pool of talent the s of which U.S. men’s tennis hasn’t seen in years.

Taylor Fritz

Age: 17

ITF Juniors Rank: 1

Hometown: Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

With a straight sets win in the boys' singles second round Tuesday, the top-ranked junior in the world is one to keep an eye on during this last Grand Slam of the year.

 Fritz, a 17-year-old from California, came close to a Slam junior's championship once before when he made it to this year’s French Open final, losing to fellow American Tommy Paul, but taking a title in New York seems appropriate for the head of the pack of American amateurs.

A tournament win for Fritz would cap a year in which he won his first match at the pro level — the first American 17-year-old to do so in five years.

Favorite classic New York food? New York pizza

Favorite sports movie? Happy Gilmore

Which celebrity would you invite into your box? Cristiano Ronaldo

Dream mixed doubles partner? I’m not sure if I should say my girlfriend or Serena.

Biggest moment of your career so far? Either (making the) final at the French Open or winning Osaka in Japan.

Reilly Opelka poses for a photo at the 2015 U.S. Open. He won the junior boys Wimbledon title this summer. (Photo: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

Reilly Opelka

Age: 18

ITF Juniors Rank: 5

Hometown: Palm Coast, Fla.

Opelka made headlines this summer after serving his way to the Wimbledon junior championship title as an unseeded 17-year-old.

 The 6-10 Florida native cruised to his first Slam championship in straight sets after capturing two ITF junior titles in 2014.

He trains at the USTA academy in Boca Raton, and yes, he’s ready to inherit all of the tall jokes John Isner’s tired of. More importantly, he’s also through to the third round of the Boys’ Singles event here in New York.

If not for tennis, what sport would you play? Basketball

If tennis players had walk-out music, what would your song be? Fetty Wap  

What’s your favorite memory as a tennis fan?  Watching Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and James Blake play Davis Cup in Oregon, I think, in 2006. I saw when they lost in Austin, Texas – we were older, we knew what was going on in tennis, it was awesome.

Dream mixed doubles partner? I think next year I’m shooting to play with Vicky Duval.

What shot to you want to be known for? It’s kind of a given, I think, now. My serve.

Frances Tiafoe poses for a photo at the 2015 U.S. Open. He had a wild card into this year's men's main draw. (Photo: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

Frances Tiafoe

Age: 17

ATP Tour Rank: 257

Hometown: College Park, Md.

Tiafoe turned pro in April in a big way: by signing with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency a month after winning a Futures tournament in California. Tiafoe, the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone, has long been tabbed as the young American who might break through on the pro tour first.

This year he made it to the second round at the U.S. Open tune-up tournament in North Carolina and he won the USTA Boys’ 18 National Championships. In New York, the 17-year-old was one of eight players to receive a wild card into the main draw.

He lost his first match to Viktor Troicki.

If tennis players had walk-out music, what would your song be? Heart of a Champion, by Nelly.

What’s your favorite memory as a tennis fan? The Citi Open in DC, since I’m from there. I loved going there and watching (three-time Citi Open champion Juan Martin) Del Potro when I was younger.

Federer’s collared shirt or Henley? I’d rock both, I think. But for him, I collared.

Rafa’s long shorts, from earlier in his career, or the shorts he wears now? Decent. Not too short, not too long.

Which celebrity would you invite into your box? Kevin Durant or LeBron James.

Best moment of your career so far? Winning my first Tour event last week

Tommy Paul poses for a photo at the 2015 U.S. Open. He won a French Open junior title this year. (Photo: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

Tommy Paul

Age: 18

ITF Juniors Rank: 14

Hometown: Greenville, NC

Paul, the lone American to emerge from qualifying at this year’s U.S. Open, is already a proven rule breaker in the world of tennis: He won a junior Grand Slam tournament on clay, just the fifth American junior to do so.

Paul, 18, grew up playing on the slippery stuff in North Carolina and turned that experience into a French Open junior championship earlier in 2015. His win in qualifiers in New York landed him a spot in Novak Djokovic’s quarter of the draw, and Paul lost his first-round match to No. 25 Andreas Seppi.

 Now, he’s one of six Americans through to the third round of Boys’ Singles event.

Favorite sports movie? The Blindside

Federer’s collared shirt or Henley? Collared.

Rafa’s long shorts, from earlier in his career, or the shorts he wears now? I’m all about the short shorts.

Dream mixed doubles partner? Eugenie Bouchard

Shot you want to be known for? Backhand volley

Best moment of your career so far? Qualifying here

Michael Mmoh poses at the 2015 U.S. Open. He's the No. 2 seed in the junior boys tournament. (Photo: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Michael Mmoh

Age: 17

ITF Juniors Rank: 2

Hometown: Temple Hills, Md.

The No. 2 seed in the boys’ singles event in New York is another accomplished ITF junior without a Grand Slam trophy in his case. Mmoh, a Nigerian-Irish American who now trains at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

, has seven junior titles to his name. He’s 6-2 with a big forehand, plays with a diamond stud twinkling in each ear and has a former ATP pro-dad to thank for his game.

 He won his second round junior’s match in straight sets Tuesday.

If not for tennis, what sport would you play? Football

Which celebrity would you invite into your box? Michael Jordan (his namesake)

Favorite sports movie? Mike. It’s a classic.

Federer’s collared shirt or Henley? Collared, for Fed.

Rafa’s long shorts, from earlier in his career, or the shorts he wears now? For Rafa? Not as long as they were, but not as short as they are.

Shot you want to be known for? Forehand

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2015/09/08/taylor-fritz-tommy-paul-frances-tiafoe-rising-stars/71887146/

EXCLUSIVE: “We have everything you need in Tunisia – except more players” Malek Jaziri opens up on tennis in his homeland of Tunisia

You Can Buy The Shirt Of Your Favourite Football Player, But Not Your Favourite Tennis Player – Until Now

In this regular tennishead feature, Editor Paul Newman speaks to Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri and finds out more about his home town’s remarkable links to the French Open

Bizerte lies some 1,100 miles south of Paris, but there is an unly connection between the Tunisian coastal city and the French capital: Roland Garros.

The aviator who gave his name to the home of the French Open is also a celebrated figure in Bizerte, due to the historic flight he made in 1913.

Garros became the first person to fly from Europe to Africa when he piloted his Morane-Saulnier monoplane from Fréjus to Bizerte, a journey of more than 450 miles that took nearly eight hours. When he touched down in Tunisia he had less than five litres of fuel left in the plane’s tank.

Bizerte, where a statue stands in honour of Garros, is also the home city of a tennis player who has made his mark in recent years.

Malek Jaziri is the most successful man in Tunisian tennis history and one of a small number of Arabs to have enjoyed careers at the highest level.

Now aged 35, he reached a career-high position at No 42 in the world rankings at the start of this year. He is the only Tunisian man to have played in a tour-level final, in Istanbul last year.

Ask Jaziri about his home city of Bizerte and he immediately mentions the link with the French Open. “Everyone there follows the French Open and is aware of Bizerte’s connection with Roland Garros,” he said. “I’ve followed the tournament since I was very young. I always watched it on TV. I’ve always wanted to play at Roland Garros, ever since I was a young boy.”

Although Jaziri has a modest record at the French Open – he has never gone beyond the second round in his six appearances there – the simple fact that he has been competing on the main tour for the best part of a decade is a major achievement in itself given that Tunisia has such little history in the sport.

For example, it was not until 1982 that Tunisia entered the Davis Cup – which was 10 years before the country’s debut in the Fed Cup.

Indeed, just as remarkable as Jaziri’s achievements are those of his fellow Tunisian, 25-year-old Ons Jabeur, who has been in the top 100 of the women’s world rankings for more than a year now.

Jabeur, nevertheless, had the example of a Tunisian woman to follow, Selima Sfar having reached a career-high position of No 75 in the rankings 18 years ago.

Jaziri, who grew up admiring Pete Sampras, started playing at the age of five at the only tennis club in Bizerte, which lies less than 50 miles to the north of the capital, Tunis.

“There are other tennis courts in Bizerte, but they are connected to hotels,” Jaziri said. “The club has three clay courts. It’s a very nice club. My older brother played tennis, but he was the only one in the family who did.

Although my parents didn’t play tennis they had lived in France and knew all about the French Open and Roland Garros.”

Thanks to a combination of the success of Jaziri, Sfar and Jabeur, the growth of tourism and a favourable climate, tennis in Tunisia has made good progress in recent years.

“We have both clay courts and hard courts,” Jaziri said. “The hotels in particular have more quick courts. Most of the clubs used to have only clay courts, but now I would say they are more half and half.

Clay courts are obviously more difficult to maintain.”

Jaziri is now based in Tunis, where he trains with some of his Davis Cup colleagues and the country’s best juniors, though he usually goes elsewhere for pre-season training. Last year he went to Dubai, where he had the opportunity to train with better players.

“Tennis is getting much bigger in Tunisia than it used to be,” he said. “The Tennis Club de Tunis has many courts – and they are all full. There are probably six or seven other clubs in the city and they are all full. The tennis federation is trying to get more courts. They are doing a great job. We have Futures tournaments almost every week of the year, plus one Challenger.”

The Tennis Club de Tunis stages the Tunis Open Challenger, which was won this year by Pablo Cuevas. Jaziri has never gone beyond the second round in the tournament, though he has won Futures titles in his home country.

“I hope we can have ATP tournaments in Tunisia in the future because we don’t have many in Africa at the moment,” Jaziri said. “We have one ATP 250 tournament in Morocco, but none in Tunisia.

We have the facilities now to stage tournaments, whether they are on clay or hard courts or even indoors.”

Although Jaziri and Jabeur have been the only Tunisians playing on the main tours, there are signs of change.

The country has had five men and two women ranked in the world’s top 1,000 this year and currently has more than a dozen juniors ranked in the world’s top 1,000.

“The federation are trying to develop more players,” Jaziri said. “We also have some players who are learning their tennis at university in the States.

“I want to see tennis continue to improve in my country. I want us to have more tournaments and more players. I want the next generation of players to benefit from things that I didn’t have. Now we have everything in Tunisia that you need, including good weather. The only thing we don’t have is more players.”

He added: “I hope that my career will have inspired other Arab players, because my situation was hard. When I was younger I had no traditions to follow, no sponsors, nobody showing the way for me, no tournaments to play in.”

Jaziri agreed that it was sometimes lonely being the only Tunisian playing on the main ATP tour.

“When you see players from other countries there are usually a lot of them who can spend time together, practise together, support each other, go to dinner together,” he said.

“It’s different when you are alone, just with your team, for the whole year. It’s much better if you can be with people from your own country.”

Tennis in Tunisia has to compete with many other sports to attract the best athletes. “Football is the most popular sport and we’re good at handball, but there also individual sports that are popular,” Jaziri said.

“We have a judo world champion and we have won medals at the Olympics. We have an Olympic champion in swimming. We have a fencing champion. We have a female wrestler who has won a medal.

We have won a silver medal in taekwondo.

“I think in general we’re pretty good at sport considering the size of the country. We’re one of the best countries in Africa. We have a lot of players competing in football and handball around the world. You find Tunisians playing in the UK in the Premier League, in France, throughout Europe. That’s good for our country. It shows that through sport you can change your life.”

TUNISIA

Population: 11.5 million

Land mass: 163,610 sq km (63,170 sq miles)

Capital: Tunis (population 700,000)

Major religion: Islam

Davis Cup record: Having first entered the Davis Cup in 1982, Tunisia have never progressed beyond Europe Africa Zone Group Two.

After winning all four of their matches in Africa Group Three this year, Tunisia will face Guatemala in the World Group Two play-offs in March.

Malek Jaziri holds the records for most ties played (43), most years played (18), most wins (45) and most singles wins (33)

Fed Cup record: After making their debut in 1992, Tunisia lost their first nine ties before beating Egypt in 1995.

Earlier this year they were beaten by Luxembourg in a Europe Africa Zone Group Two promotional play-off.

Ons Jabeur shares the record for the most number of singles wins (24) with Selima Sfar, who holds the record for the most ties played (36), most years played (10), most total wins (41) and most doubles wins (17)

Source: https://tennishead.net/exclusive-we-have-everything-you-need-in-tunisia-except-more-players-maelk-jaziri-opens-up-on-tennis-in-his-homeland-of-tunisia/