Wimbledon is here again and while the country goes tennis mad and the fans pile onto Henman Hill with strawberries and cream, British number 1 seed, Andy Murray, has turned Japanese for winning form.
Murray is hoping for his first gram slam win at Wimbledon 2009 and credits scoffing vast amounts of sushi for helping him bulk up and reach number three in the world rankings.
Murray has been singing the praises of sushi for the last couple of years and has had to eat a massive 6,000 calories a day to stay in shape for this grand slam season.
Murray recently told the Daily Telegraph, "In December, the greatest number of sushi pieces I ate in one sitting was 24. But that's not actually that many - I've had more in one sitting in the past.
"I'm not bored of sushi yet and Japanese food is my favourite food."
In fact, Murray claims to eat 42 pieces of sushi for dinner on a regular basis. That is a massive amount for you or me, but it has obviously done the trick as Murray has shot up the rankings in the last 12 months and is a serious contender to beat reigning champion and word number 1, Rafael Nadal and grass court wizard, Rodger Federer.
I will be checking to see if Murray is munching on maki rolls and nigiri at his post match press conferences, like he did after his dramatic five-set win over Richard Gasquet in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2008.
Murray is not the only sportsman to enjoy the benefits of a sushi diet, in fact, the Australian Institute of Sport recommends sushi for all its athletes. Pro skateboarder Tony Hawk and US baseball player Alex Rodriguez are sushi lovers and David Beckham is often photographed dining out on sushi at London restaurant, Nobu with Posh Spice.
The health benefits are well known - sushi boosts energy and fitness and helps a healthy heart as it is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Fish is a lean, low-calorie source of protein and Omega-3 and nori seaweed sheets are packed with essential minerals to support a healthy diet and build strength.
One thing's for sure, us sushi lovers have a staggering variety to choose from. Andy Murray has been filling up on maki hand rolls, nigiri, inari sushi with fish, meat, vegetables, egg, tofu it's no wonder he isn't bored of Japanese food yet.
Tennis burns lots of calories and men's championship matches often run to five sets over several hours so Murray will need to keep eating those sushi rolls to get the energy boosts he needs to fire off serves and smash shots from the baseline.
So as you settle down to watch the action on Centre Court, if Andy Murray does become the first Brit to win the men's single's Championship at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936, remember he is powered by sushi.
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