Firstly I don’t have an issue with gluten, I'm not intolerant to it, but I don’t over indulge in gluten products.
What I want to express today is how Gluten awareness and other eating/training/off court regimes are impacting the game of tennis.
If you play the game then you know how demanding it is, recovery plays a massive role in performance, no one plays well when they feel crappy, sore and fatigued. The off court evolution of tennis has been massively boosted over the last 5 years, mainly due to guys like Novak, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and many others.... Players have been willing to open their minds and try new things and find specialist help for various weaknesses in their health and fitness. I feel this has had a big impact on the physical evolution (physicality) we have seen over the past few years. Novak declared he was following a gluten free diet and that it made a big difference to his energy levels. Until that point I'm sure the majority of tennis lovers had no idea what gluten was and how it can affect some people, but due to his willingness to explore his health options it has encouraged millions of coaches, parents and players to look into what they put into their bodies and how food affects them.
If players are not constantly looking for ways to improve their physical state, they will get left behind! Gone are the days of hit, hit, hit and that’s it..... it is whole new world these days, don’t get left behind! We are seeing a big shift in the level of professionalism for players as young as 8 years old. We constantly get kids in with us looking to improve how they feel, move and act. There are so many things that can be done for players of all levels and ages. Learn from the top dogs and find what you are missing, find someone that will help you get it and then move on...