If you’ve ever taken a peek at Australian tennis pro Sam Stosur’s resume, you’d be mighty impressed. The 27-year-old just won the 2011 U.S. Open singles title this year and is ranked World No. 7, with a career high in singles as World No. 4. We were lucky enough to get the chance to chat with Stosur on her U.S. Open victory, and steal some of her fitness secrets along the way. Read on for how she stays fit on and off season, her favorite foods to fuel her up, and more.
Congrats on winning the 2011 U.S. Open singles title! How did it feel pulling off such a victory?
It felt amazing, it’s a goal I’ve had my whole career and something I’ve worked toward for a very long time. For that to finally come true is a weird feeling. I’m still thinking of words to describe the feeling of when I hit that last ball.
You’ve been playing tennis since you were 13 years old. How has the sport shaped your life?
I went on my first overseas match at 13, so it definitely made me grow up a little faster than all my friends. I knew I wanted to be a professional tennis player since I was about 10 years old, so I don’t regret missing out on some of those childhood staples everyone else experiences.
Tours require a ton of traveling. How do you manage to keep up a healthy diet when on the road?
When you dine in different countries, there are different styles of food that you’re constantly around and exposed to. I find that getting enough sleep helps me to make better decisions when I’m not at home. I also make sure to stay on top of my vitamins to make sure I’m getting enough of what my body really needs.
Read on for how Stosur stays in shape off season.