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Florida Tennis Briefs (3): Lecanto/Citrus Play Day; SoFAS Nutrition; More

March 7, 2011 10:21 AM
Free USTA League Information Play Day at Bicentennial Park in Lecanto, Fla.
 
Citrus County Parks and Recreation and USTA Florida will host a free adult tennis event in March, the USTA League Information Play Day at Bicentennial Park in Lecanto, Fla., on March 19, 2011 from 1-4 p.m.
 
Citrus County logoThe event is free and open to residents of Citrus County who want to participate in a fun day of informal tennis play, meet new people and find out more information about USTA adult league options in Citrus County. Free food and drinks will be provided, and USTA Florida staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.
 
"We are thrilled to work with the Department of Community Services in Citrus County to offer more opportunities for residents in Lecanto to be able to enjoy the life-long sport of tennis," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the region Amanda Tobin. "By utilizing the public courts we will be able to offer USTA League tennis to a larger portion of the population."
 
USTA League, the country's largest recreational tennis league, has more than 330,000 players nationwide competing in match play, meeting new people and enjoying the camaraderie of teammates in one of four national divisions (Adult, Senior, Super Senior and Mixed Doubles).
 
Play is based on the NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) system so players compete with and against players of similar ability, and even new players 18 years and older have a league. USTA League also offers players and teammates a chance to advance from local play to USTA League National Championship events. USTA League players receive all the benefits of a USTA Membership, including early access to tickets, tennis publications, gear discounts and much more.
 
For additional information on the Citrus County USTA League Play Day, contact Andy Smith at (352) 527-7544 or Andrew.Smith@bocc.citrus.fl.us, or Amanda Tobin at (770) 827-9156 or tobin@florida.usta.com.
 
 
health-food-chart-MAR-2011Get Off the SoFAS and on to the Court
 
Nodvin-Melissa
Melissa Nodvin MS, RD/LD
OK, you may be asking yourself what are SoFAS? 
 
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines, released in January 2011, emphasize three major goals for Americans:
 
  • Balance calories to maintain and achieve a healthy weight with physical activity 
  • Eat more nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lower fat dairy
  •  Limit food with sodium (salt), refined grains, solid fats and added sugars (SoFAS)
 
These new guidelines break down what Americans are eating too much of while giving consumers practical advice to improve. This is the first time that the guidelines have addressed environmental factors, such as fast foods restaurants and processed food. Hopefully, the new guidelines will give all Americans more details about how to eat better and make healthier food choices.
 
As tennis players, eating a healthy balanced diet with adequate hydration is important on and off the court. Players know that daily tennis drills help improve your game and without basic strokes, you cannot play tennis. Apply these same principals to your dietary intake and you will remain strong, healthy and competitive for many years to come. 
 
Incorporate these tips before, during and after matches:
 
Eat good quality whole grains and complex carbohydrates
  • Baked potatoes and sweet potatoes are loaded with potassium with is important for fluid balance
  • Baked chips, fresh fruit, pickles
  • 50 to 100 gram items are great after match fuel (small piece fruit, bagel, low-fat chocolate milk)
 
Drink fluids on a regular basis but not too much. If you are using the bathroom every 30 minutes, you may be drinking too much. Vary fluids to include juices, milk and sport drinks in addition to water -- this will help ensure you are staying hydrated and replenishing electrolytes -- sodium and potassium
 
Refueling after matches is essential for muscle recovery and carbohydrate replenishment. Breads, fortified cereals, dairy products, lean meats, sport bars and gels can provide the 3:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio that research shows is best for carbohydrate and hydration replenishment and muscle recovery.
 
Before any match or competition, try these techniques first and find what works best for you. Your body may react to nutrients and combinations of foods differently than others. 
 
Make this Spring your best season of tennis!
 
Melissa Nodvin MS, RD/LD, America’s Nutrition Coach, is the owner of WebRD -- a media, medical and professional nutrition company. For more information, email melissa.nodvin@Web-RD.com.
 
 
U.S. Beats Chile in Davis Cup, Lines Up Spain and Nadal
 
The U.S. will host a home Davis Cup match for the first time in nearly 2-1/2 years after the U.S. squad defeated Chile 4-1 over the weekend on red clay in Santiago.
 
Now the U.S. will host the Spanish squad, likely including world No. 1 Rafael Nadal on a surface and location to be named, during the weekend after Wimbledon. Currently Austin and San Antonio, Texas, and Albany, N.Y., are the frontrunners to host the quarterfinal tie on July 8-10, 2011.
 
The win over Chile was the debut match for U.S. captain Jim Courier, and saw Andy Roddick clinch the tie in the first Sunday singles match. After day one the tie was deadlocked 1-1, with Roddick defeating Chile’s Nicolas Massu, and John Isner defeated by Chile’s Paul Capdeville in five sets after Isner led two sets to none.
 
In the Saturday doubles the Bryan twins, Bob and Mike, put the U.S. ahead 2-1 in the tie after a win over Massu and Jorge Aguilar, giving Roddick the opportunity to clinch.
 
"Let’s not mistake me being 12-0 with me not getting nervous," said Roddick, who improved to 12-0 when given a match opportunity to clinch a tie. "When I hear stats like that it’s gratifying for me. It’s nice to hear. But I don’t get to clinch without Bob and Mike putting me in position 12 times."
 
Roddick said he would love to see the quarterfinal match versus Spain played in his hometown of Austin.
 
"I appreciate the USTA for even considering it. I think it’s been no secret that I have wanted it for a long time," Roddick said. "It would be a dream come true to play at home."
 
Spain defeated host Belgium 4-1 to reach the quarterfinals away at the U.S.
 
 
 

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