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The big stomachs of tennis players...........

teeder
07-07-2004, 01:16 PM
Has anyone else noticed that quite a few of the mens tennis players, and half of the female tennis players have quite the big bellies? Considering the fact that tennis players probably get MORE exercise than any other athlete, by far, on a day to day basis. How does anyone account for this? I have what I believe is the answer, and it took some serious research to come up with it. And the answer is really out of the box thinking.

But first anyone else? Reasons? Andy Roddick and Roger were both sporting paunches, and they are Highly, highly conditioned athletes. David Nalbandian has a complete gut. But he is in tremendous shape for tennis. Jennifer looks downright maternal. But she is great shape obviously. But she must be completely disatisfied and embarassed with her shape. The answer will stun most of you.

Action Jackson
07-07-2004, 01:18 PM
Hello troll.

teeder
07-07-2004, 01:21 PM
I would assume from your response that you are the resident airhead/mutant of the board. No sense of depth or intellectual interest. Fine, as long as I know.

OMIGOD! You picked Felix Mantilla as the most talented tennis player in the world. Nothing more needs to be said. You are obviously not from this world.

Action Jackson
07-07-2004, 01:26 PM
teeder, your question and the way you worded some of your points deserved that response.

Ok, one problem with your original statement, tennis players are not fitter or get more exercise than cross country skiiers or triathletes for example.

Whats your answer then brains?

Snoopy_Girl
07-07-2004, 01:27 PM
I would assume from your response that you are the resident airhead/mutant of the board. No sense of depth or intellectual interest. Fine, as long as I know.
Not exactly how I would describe GWH ;) . And not all players have to be either muscle-man or so thin that they can be blown away by the smallest breeze :devil:

teeder
07-07-2004, 01:43 PM
I was hoping to see more responses before venturing out and expressing my potential reason for the malady. I, in fact share the same destiny. I still compete internationally in the seniors events and am constantly tortured by an extra five or seven pounds directly around my paunch. Plus I saw that recent picture of one of my favourite players, Yvgeni Kafelnikov, and was amused at how people were amazed at how quickly he had let himself go.

I am sorry if it seemed insensitive, now that you know that I share the same fate, perhaps you will be a little kinder. Plus cross country athletes go through torture, but they aren't cut back, torquing their hips and back, more on one side than the other, so as to be unbalanced muscularly, and they don't have to play in the heat and serve. I love to cross country ski, and would far rather go for a fifty mile ski in the cool air, than compete in 90 degree weather and get jerked all over the place by a great tennis player.

I have done my own research with sensitive telemetry that registers stress on a an athletes body, and except for boxers, in the middle of a tough round, tennis is unparalleled. It is extremely cruel to the body, and my answer as to why the poor players, after putting up with all that strain ,still don't have a body worth taking to the beach, is contained within. The hint? Internal organs. Go fish for a while.

Action Jackson
07-07-2004, 01:50 PM
Interesting theory, though I dont buy a lot of it.

Kristen
07-07-2004, 01:53 PM
I think the problem is that they eat, and/or they work out...so they have some abs. What is your idea of no-gut? Stretched out like Alexander Popp, Lars Burgsmuller or Ivo Karlovic?

On a superficial note, I find most of the tennis players absolutely gorgeous! Male and female, they've got nothing to be ashamed of, they look great (especially when 40-60% of australians are obese *allegedly* and with supersized americans... these players are role models).The few that might actually have a slight gut, would be the older ones... Landsberg for example ;) :wavey:

Action Jackson
07-07-2004, 01:55 PM
Yes, I forgot Younes El Ayanoui has a gut.

teeder
07-07-2004, 02:04 PM
Younes has a gut??? By the way, on a side note, GWH, who is that in your photo? Looks familiar.

Action Jackson
07-07-2004, 02:06 PM
Younes has a gut??? By the way, on a side note, GWH, who is that in your photo? Looks familiar.

Since I am the resident mutant I can't tell you that, and yes Younes has a huge stomach.

teeder
07-07-2004, 02:23 PM
Well you called me troll first, and since I can't reach out and smack anyone on the internet, I just smacked you with my purse. Sorry, not my usual style, perhaps you will tell me later.

JennyS
07-07-2004, 02:25 PM
I've seen plenty of Football, Baseball and basketball players with pretty large guts. Roger Clemens, for instance is renowned for his strong fitness regimine, yet the guy is pretty big. Shaquille O'Neal is gigantic and is considered by many to be "out of shape."

In Jen's case, just look at her dad. Jennifer isn't huge, but she did gain weight after she sustained some injuries the last few years. The back injury kept her out of the gym. Even when she was "thin" in 2001, she still had a bit of a gut.

The camera really does add ten pounds. American Idol Runner-up Diana Degarmo said that people have come up to her and asked her if she lost weight and she says no, and she looks bigger on TV.

Experimentee
07-07-2004, 02:51 PM
Yes, I forgot Younes El Ayanoui has a gut.

Younes does not have a gut, last i saw of him he had a very well defined 6 pack, although that was when he was at the Australian Open 2003.

Action Jackson
07-07-2004, 02:54 PM
Younes does not have a gut, last i saw of him he had a very well defined 6 pack, although that was when he was at the Australian Open 2003.

Missed the train of irony I see.

michelleg
07-07-2004, 03:01 PM
<<Wanting to be a troll like everyone else>>

I tend to think it is the excessive carb intake of tennis players, as unused sugars will tend to gravitate to the midsection (re beer belly) Also has to do with personal metabolics, as some individuals will gain and retain midsection weight more readily than others. (as in age being a major metabolic factor....ref young Russian ladies without said jelly rolls...)

I don't buy the "camera adds ten pounds" excuse in Capriati's case. Cameras do not and cannot add rolls to people who simply do not have them.

sigmagirl91
07-07-2004, 03:02 PM
I am still getting together my troll rap.