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‘Started Drinking..’ – 26-Year-Old Russian Tennis Player Reveals Bizarre Way of Coping With Fatigue As She Makes It to the Semis at Madrid Open 2023

Published 05/05/2023, 4:17 AM EDT

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Almost every professional tennis player involves in grueling matches over their careers. Thus, healing their battle scars using effective recovery processes becomes vital in determining the longevity of their careers. Unsurprisingly, each player is unique, and this was particularly evident in the Mutua Madrid Open. The Russian tennis player Veronika Kudermetova advanced to the semifinals of the Madrid Open after a remarkable victory over Jessica Pegula in the quarterfinals. After her match, the 26-year-old turned a few heads after she shared her unusual post-match recovery technique.

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The match against the 29-year-old American tennis player was far more exhausting than the Russian had anticipated. But there was one thing that helped her overcome the exhaustion of playing such a tiring match: having a drink!

Veronika Kudermetova reveals her unique post-match recovery technique 


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The 26-year-old tennis star sat down for a lengthy interview with the Tennis Channel after her quarterfinal match. In the interview, she revealed her secret to having an incredible post-match recovery. She insisted that drinking beer after the game significantly helped her to cope up with fatigue.

She said, “I took some beer you know, for recovery. I started drinking beer this week. Yeah, this is the first time I took a beer, and it works really well. I mean, I’m so happy and proud of myself that I managed this tough match.”


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When the host, Prakash Amritraj, questioned whether other players ought to follow her lead and consume a few beers to unwind, she gave him a measured response. She stated, “Sometimes, not always.” 

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However, the tennis pro also made a very adorable error in the same interview, which caused her fans to adore her cuteness.


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Veronika Kudermetova’s adorable slip of tongue 

While talking about other tennis players in the same interview, the Russian tennis player made a blunder involving the 19-year-old tennis player, Coco Gauff. In her accent, the 26-year-old tennis player mistakenly called Coco as ‘Coca’, which made the day of fans on Twitter.

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The video quickly went viral, in which the tennis player mispronounced Gauff’s name, and fans around the world found the mistake both humorous and adorable at the same time.

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Written by:

Pratishtha Prakash


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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.
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Tony Thomas