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Mexico’s Top Ranked Tennis Player.

Tigre Hank was born in Tijuana, Mexico and is a professional tennis player who is currently ranked #463 in the world. He played his first ATP tournament this year, the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Mexico, where he lost to Sam Querrey in a close match. He also received the honor to represent Mexico in the Davis Cup, where he won his match but the team lost the series.

Playing at the pro level takes a lot of discpline and hard work. I have always had a lot of respect and admiration for athletes that are able to compete at the elite level, particularly, those that actually enjoy what they do.

As a coach and former player, this characteristic really stood out to me. He is very optimistic, focused, and determined on what what he wants to achieve. When he is in San Diego, he sometimes trains at my Academy.

I sat with Tigre and he shared with me his future goals, current training and nutrition program in order to be able to compete against the best players in the world.

CAREER AND FUTURE PLANS

Florida was where my major development as a player took place. I grew up training in Florida with my coach Alvaro Bedoya until I was 18 years old. I then decided to stop because I was burned out and exhausted from travelling so much and constant training. I also grew tired of the pressure. I found myself not enjoying playing anymore. Taking a break from tennis really helped me to realize how much I loved the sport and gave me a fresh perspective on the game. It made me come back stronger as I learned how to control the pressure and enjoy the game that much more.

My plan is to keep playing tournaments. I have three upcoming tournaments in California, and hope to end this year ranked top #400 in the world.

TRAINING DAY

When I am training for tournaments my routine is pretty much the same every day.

• 8 – 9 am – one-hour off-court training consisting of strength training, agility, speed and footwork drills.
• 9 – 11 am – two hours of tennis training on the court incorporating drills and technical work.
• 11 – 1:30 pm – Lunch break. Recovery time for the afternoon off-court training session.
• 1:30 – 2:30 pm – off-court training consisting of fitness, agility, explosiveness and endurance.
• 2:30 – 3:30 pm – Small recovery break.
• 3:30 – 5:30 pm – Late afternoon – another two hour tennis session consisting of matches and point play.
• Night time session – session at the gym , strenght training, quickness and stretching.

DIET

BREAKFAST: For breakfast I usually eat a lot of fruit, eggs and orange juice.

TRAINING SNACKS: Bananas and protein bars keep my energy level up throughout tough practices.

LUNCH: A portion of protein such as meat, chicken, or fish combined with pasta and vegetables or fruit.

DINNER: Protein combined with fruit or vegetables.

PARTING SHOT

Do you have a favorite place to eat in Tijuana and/or San Diego?

In Tijuana I usually like to eat the shrimp cocktail from street carts and in San Diego I like In-N-Out.

What do you do during your spare time?

I like to stay active, I enjoy any type of physical activity. I also love to go to the movies and watch you tube videos. I also spend some time in social media, twitter, Facebook, etc.