Sports Star Diet – Avoid Red Meat, Carbs & Alcohol

The modern tennis star is more likely to be teetotal and to stick to a gluten free diet — avoiding the red meat and carbs which five-time Wimbledon champion Borg apparently ate every day. The legendary Bjorn Borg fueled his success with a daily diet of steak and potatoes.

Doubles stalwart and ATP Player Council member Eric Butorac should know.


  • Modern tennis players stick to rigorous diet plan
  • Most have cut out alcohol says doubles star Eric Butorac
  • Novak Djokovic set trend with gluten free diet
  • Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal lead the way
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Eric Butorac


“I think the top players have cut alcohol completely out of their diet and the rest of the players to stay competitive have mostly followed suit,” Butorac told CNN’s Open Court program.


Butorac believes the established “Big Four” of Rafael Nadal, Djokovic, Andy Murray and Federer have permanently raised the bar as regards fitness and diet issues and there is no going back.

With the rewards for success so large — $31 million on offer at the 2014 season opening Australian Open — any small margins gained can be worth a small fortune.

I believe the fun on the tour has dropped. There is very little alcohol consumed as players take their matches and practice very seriously. ~ Eric Butorac

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