Serena Williams and Other Tennis Players' Recipes for Optimum Performance at the US Open
How do tennis players like Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova get fueled for optimum performance before a tennis match? US Open Executive Chef Michael Lockard, the man who is responsible for keeping all the top tennis players fed throughout the US Open, shares their favorite pre-match meals exclusively with Shape.com.
This year, Chef Michael is serving up US Open contenders Venus Williams, Melanie Oudin, Caroline Wozniacki, Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova, Vera Zvonereva and Francesca Schiavone. Although they're not competing in this year's US Open, Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport and many other top tennis players have also worked with him.
To provide the tennis players the fuel they need for optimum performance throughout the US Open, each recipe has been created with nutrition consultant Page Love, MS, RD, CSSD, LD Nutrition Consultant, USTA (the United States Tennis Association) and WTA (Women's Tennis Association). These pre-match recipes are high in carbohydrates to supply energy for muscles, they're moderate in protein, and they're quickly digested-meaning not too high in fiber. Serve up one of Chef Michael's recipes before you hit the court and you might just improve your serve!*