Coffee might not be the first drink that comes to mind when you think of professional tennis players. Mineral water or energy drinks might be the more predictable option, but there’s still a clear link between coffee and tennis. The exclusive and luxurious feeling of a perfectly brewed cup of coffee is not that far removed from the posh and sophisticated atmosphere surrounding international tennis. It should come as no surprise that the Grand Slam circuit and other international tennis tournaments have been sponsored by many coffee brands over the years. Quite a few former tennis stars have even tied their names to various coffee manufacturers by becoming official brand ambassadors.
The caffeine in a cup of coffee is the perfect pick-me-up for professional athletes to kick-start a game day, to get over a travel jetlag, or for a mid-match energy boost. Serena Williams famously ordered an espresso between frames at the 2015 Hopman Cup. "It's a miracle coffee. I am a coffee drinker. I didn't have mine this morning, and I was just feeling it, so I just had to get some coffee into me,” she shared later that day after she went on to win her match. Stan Wawrinka did the same during his match against Rafael Nadal at the 2015 Paris Masters. Their match-up didn’t begin until 11 p.m. that evening and went on until well after 1 a.m. "I needed to wake up a little," he said.
Other tennis athletes swear by coffee in their day-to-day lives, as well as on match days. Andre Agassi would include coffee as a secret ingredient in his daily preparation. “Coffee would be part of my preparation, yes. A cup of espresso, maybe half an hour before going to the gym, definitely helped me.” Interestingly, caffeine-intake can help burn additional calories for hours after working out and can even keep muscle soreness at bay.
Roger Federer also swears by his daily coffee. The tennis superstar drinks four cups of coffee a day, either cappuccino or espresso. Angelique Kerber enjoys the occasional sip of coffee, too. Whenever she’s in New York, she loves to relax in Central Park with a book, some good music, and a fresh cup of coffee. One tennis player who isn’t a fan of coffee or tea? Rafael Nadal. While he avoids caffeine, Rafa does love his breakfast and swears by a cup of hot chocolate in the mornings.
Maria Sharapova is very aware that delicious coffee has the potential to dehydrate, which of course isn’t the desired effect on any athlete’s body. She has found a solution that works for her, though: Sharapova makes sure to chase her morning cup of coffee with a liter of water to rehydrate! Let’s just say the benefits of a pop of caffeine outweigh the easily fixed downsides.
Whether you follow Nadal’s caffeine-free lead or take your coffee cues from other tennis superstars, you can’t go wrong with the wide selection of Tassimo pods available for your at-home coffee machine. Make coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or other specialty hot drinks exactly right every single time. One touch of the button will have you sitting back, relaxing, and taking in the tennis match of the day in the comfort of your own home.