The U.S. Open is swinging into its second week. Healthy Hollywood is happy to know some of the world’s fittest, best-looking athletes are right here in New York City.
And, making the list as one of the men’s strongest players is Serbian Janko Tipsarevic. You might not know the name, but you probably know his look – bearded Janko almost always wears his Oakley shades on the court.
Unfortunately, Janko lost last night to fourth seed, Spaniard David Ferrer, in a nearly four hour slugfest. The 29-year-old took a moment out his busy schedule to answer a few questions from Healthy Hollywood.
Healthy Hollywood: How do you prepare for a grand slam tournament, like the U.S. Open?
Janko Tipsarevic: Every year we go down to Miami for a week of practice to get [used] to the heat. It’s one of my favorite cities and it
has worked for me in the past.
HH: Some players have pre-game rituals to keep them focused or as part of their routine, do you? if so, can you share?
Janko: I like to be alone; sometimes with music, sometimes without. But generally (after talking to my team) I like being alone.
HH: To keep in good shape, can you describe your workout routine? What sort of exercises do you do and why? What is a typical day of training like?
Janko: In Miami, it was hard core practice – five to six hours a day. My coach knew that we had time before my first match so he could really push me to the limit – three to four hours of tennis and two hours of fitness. Once the tournament starts, the practice times dramatically [decrease] because you need to be fresh for a few “best of five” sets.
HH: How important is nutrition to your game/well-being?
Janko: [A] few years ago I did a ‘food intolerance test,’ which shows what kind of substances are bad for my body. So I try to stick to the regime. It was hard in the beginning, but like everything in life, you get used to it. Nutrition is a very important part of tennis and I take it very seriously.
HH: What sort of qualities do you need to be champion athlete?
Janko: A great player always wants to improve, be better and is never fully satisfied.
HH: Finally, any advice you can share for young kids who dream of going professional one day?
Janko: Keep dreaming big. Practice hard. Play harder. And stay humble.
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-- Terri MacLeod