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From Jannik Sinner’s carrot to Daniil Medvedev’s salt shaker, athletes have their preferred mid-match refueling methods, but this might be the most unique yet.  

Needing an energy boost in his Sunday Montpelier final against Gael Monfils, Canada’s Vasek Pospisil took a big swig, of all things, maple syrup. He went straight out of the bottle. 

It may have been the most Canadian thing to ever happen on a tennis court, but Pospisil swears by the nutritional benefits of the syrup. We’re not talking about the high-fructose injected Aunt Jemima liquid, this is 100% pure maple syrup. 


Mmmmm.. I love it! ????????

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Most athletes ingest energy gels, bananas or bars during competition. Oftentimes these gels contain dozens of ingredients, including preservatives. Maple syrup does not, and Pospisil swears by the stuff. 

A company called UnTapped has actually infiltrated the energy gel marketplace. As TennisTV mentioned in their tweet, perhaps Pospisil’s agent should look for a potential maple syrup deal.

It does beg the question, though, why haven’t we seen Pospisil break out the sticky stuff before now? He would lose to Monfils, 7-5, 6-3, but the run marked his first ATP final since 2014.