It goes without saying that to be a female tennis player, you have to be total badass. We love all lady athletes here at the The New Potato, but have a soft spot for tennis stars in particular. It’s why we couldn’t wait to sit down with Genie Bouchard. Bouchard’s currently ranked #48 in the world by the WTA, and the season may be over but the hustle never stops.
Bouchard gave us the scoop on the personal routines that help her feel strong and stay focused, and when a tennis dynamo tells you how to work out (and live, for that matter) you listen. Read below for all of Bouchard’s insider tips, like what to eat after a serious workout and which tunes are best for your pump-up playlist. This is what #MotivationMonday’s are made of…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
My favorite meal of the day is breakfast. I could literally eat breakfast food three times a day. I love eggs benedict because it’s the perfect way to get that protein in the morning before I start my day.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
It’s really important to stay hydrated. I notice a big difference in my performance and with my skin. I feel better and I look better, and I find that to be important. I also think that sleep is a necessity and should be a priority. A big part of my job is to get enough hours every night to recover and do it all again the next day. Nobody wants bags under their eyes!
What foods give you the most energy before a big match? What do you always eat after a match?
Before a big match I always have a big bowl of pasta to refuel. It’s a typical tennis player meal. I have to fill up on carbs because I burn so much energy during a match, so I need to make sure I get those carbs in and fuel up beforehand.
I always have a protein shake right after a match. Right when I come off the court it’s hard for me to eat an entire meal right away, so it’s an easy way to get calories in during that crucial 30-45 minute window. In the hours afterwards, I try to stock up on protein and carbs.
What do you eat on a “cheat day?”
I’m a savory person so I live for chips. Cheetos to be specific!
What do you find to be the best foods for fitness? The worst?
I find that the best foods for fitness are lean foods. I can’t eat anything fried or fatty because it makes me feel sick on the court because I can’t digest it well. I also try to stay away from high sugar foods because there’s always a sugar high crash and I can’t perform under those circumstances.
Do you like to cook? What do you make?
I can’t cook but I can bake. Banana bread is my specialty!
Who was your role model growing up and why?
I don’t have a specific role model, but I always watched tournaments and rooted for the great champions. I always appreciate the success of those who are in the final and having that big moment. I wanted to be in their spot, so they became my heroes in those moments.
What are the skincare products you can’t live without? The hair products? What do you use each for?
An absolute must-have for me is sunscreen. I spend so much time in the sun and I’m always very concerned about protecting my skin. I’ll slather sunscreen on because I don’t want to have wrinkles at thirty!
If you get distracted or in your head during a match, what do you do to focus yourself?
The best thing for me to do is to breathe. I take deep breaths to calm myself down, slow down my heart rate and think clearly. I notice a big difference and it’s changed matches for me.
How do you usually start your day? What’s your go to breakfast?
I always start my day by using Colgate Enamel Health products so I can feel fresh and strong all day. It’s how I can make sure I start my day the right way.
What are some of your favorite workouts? Workouts you find overrated?
I don’t really find any workouts overrated because fads don’t get incorporated into my routine. I always stay focused and do my training and stick to what is good for me.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The worst?
The best advice ever given to me was that there is no way around the hard work that I have to put in. I can’t avoid it, and sooner or later you have to go through the hard things to get to where you want to be. Great things come to those who work hard.
The worst thing I’ve heard is when people tell you to be yourself. I already am who I am, and when I’m asking you for advice I’m looking for your input and thoughts. I think it’s important to share ideas with each other!
What songs are on your motivational playlist right now?
My pump-up playlist right now is mostly a mix of hip-hop and pop. I love Kanye and Drake and I always listen to their music to get motivated right before a match.
Are you superstitious at all? Do you have any must-do rituals before matches?
I’m superstitious about not being superstitious! I don’t ever want to have the mindset that anything will control the results of a match.
Where do you love to travel? What are your travel essentials?
My favorite country is Australia. I love the people and it’s absolutely beautiful. My travel essentials include a neck pillow to get sleep whenever I can, a Kindle which I have found is so handy to travel with, and Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste to freshen up on long flights.
What’s your advice to young female athletes?
Always dream big and work hard. I find it so important to visualize what you want to do, to see it in your head so you can give yourself the motivation and path to get there.
What are some of your favorite cities for food and where do you go in each?
Generally speaking, I’ve found that food tastes better when you’re in the actual country because it’s more authentic. I love visiting Rome because the food is on another level there, and I love all Mexican food so I really enjoy visiting Mexico and eating tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas.
If you could host a dinner party with any five people, living or dead, who would be there?
I would invite Oprah, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Roger Federer and Winston Churchill.
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*Genie Bouchard, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann