Prozis Athletes – Tennis: FRED GIL
Our sponsored athlete, Frederico Gil, former Portuguese tennis player with best ranking ever (ATP #62 in April 2011), shares some facts and tips about his life, daily routine and nutrition, and gives us a little more insight into tennis training and competition.
1. Quick Profile:
- Age: 31 years
- Height: 1.75 m
- Weight: 75 kg
- Practicing: 26 years
- Competing: 13 years
2. How did you start?
I started playing tennis with my family when I was 5 years old, we always had a court at home. Since then, my idol has been Andre Agassi, and during my career, Juan Carlos Ferrero has always been a big reference as an athlete and as a person.
“I started playing tennis with my family when I was 5 years old”
3. A normal day for you?
A normal day revolves around practice, work, maintaining a proper diet, sharing time with my family and friends, and travelling. Just the practice part already takes up 4 to 6 hours every day (divided into two sessions), so with all these commitments and routines my days are very full!
Fred usually practices at Escola de Ténis CETO / João Cunha e Silva.
4. Favourite exercises
5. An example of your diet
When I need energy, whether for training, competition or having a meeting, I consume carbs. In the evening, I only try to take clean protein and vegetables and avoid large meals before sleeping or resting. I normally only drink soothing drinks, but before an event where I need to be focused I also use caffeine. During a match, I use lots of ZMA, carb gels, vitamins and isotonic drinks.
“In the evening, I only try to take clean protein and vegetables and avoid large meals before sleeping or resting”
6. Favourite quote and book/author
My favourite author is Robin Sharma. A quote I’ve always loved is “I believe in luck, the more I work the more luck I seem to have”.
“I believe in luck, the more I work the more luck I seem to have”
(photo Margarida Moura)
7. Current goals
I am fighting to reach the ATP Singles Top 50 and the Doubles Top 100.
8. Advice to beginners
Do some exercise every day, not too intense but with focus on progress. Do plenty of research on how and when to eat in a healthy way, and fight for what you really feel inside.