“I Eat What I Want”: Garbine Muguruza Reveals Her Flexibility in the Athletic Diet

Published 01/01/2021, 11:27 AM EST
Garbine Muguruza of Spain waves to the camera after winning the second round Ladies Singles match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine on Day 3 of 2017 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open at Optics Valley International Tennis Center on September 26, 2017 in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)

Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza has opened up on her love for food.


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The Spanish-Venezuelan tennis star said while she keeps to a strict diet during or in the run-up to tournaments, she satisfies her taste buds for the remainder of the year.

Garbine Muguruza says she doesn’t binge on her favorite food during tournaments


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The losing finalist at the Australian Open this year, Muguruza said she picks her moments when to lay her hair down and indulge.

In an interview to a Spanish publication, Muguruza said, “There are people who are very strict in food and less in other things. 

I am before games and in full competition, but the rest of the year, I eat what I want. Not just hamburgers, but pasta, fish, potatoes…I enjoy choosing the moments well.”

She said she is a compulsive foodie and doesn’t mind indulging once in a while, when she is away from tennis. 

“You have to loosen up somewhere”: Garbine Muguruza

“I really like to eat and I am much more demanding, for example, at work. You have to loosen up somewhere.

On a day-to-day basis, I want everyone to be ready, on time, everything is very hard, but when it comes to eating I’m calmer,” Muguruza said.

She said she loves to gorge on pastries, sweets and paella, a Spanish rice dish which had its origin in Valencia.

“I like pastries, sweets, paella. It helps me to have nice times,” Muguruza said.

Muguruza says she also a weakness for oat meals

The 2015 Wimbledon champion said she also loves to binge on oat meals. “If I were at home eating oatmeal cups all day, my pot would run out and I would end up gobbling 37 donuts, 27 pizzas,” the tennis star said.

However, she said she avoids fast food and soft drinks. “There are two things that I rarely eat – fast food from franchises and soft drinks.

I stopped taking them on their day and now it seems insufferable. I thought it was crap and I quit,” she said.


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Muguruza had raised hopes of a third Grand Slam title this year but went down to American Sofia Kenin in the title showdown at Melbourne Park.


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She ended the 2020 WTA season ranked 15th and would look to go one better at the Australian Open this year.


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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.