I just played 2 marathon singles matches in a tournament today. My first match went almost 3 hours while the second was a good 2.5 hours. This exhaustion was compounded by the 95+ degree heat here in the desert. I went through both matches drinking 5 - 32 OZ Gatorades, and 6 - 9 OZ bottles of water. I felt fine when all was said and done, but I had an hour long ride back home. Upon trying to get out of my car, one hamstring cramped up. My reaction to the first hammy cramping caused my calf to cramp up. As I removed all weight from my right leg, my left leg went through the exact same thing. Sooooo... I had both hammies and and both calves cramped at the same time!
I heard eating Bananas during and between matches can greatly reduce the risk of cramping because of the Potassium. My problem is that I am allergic to Bananas. My throat swells up blocking my windpipe (possibly a fate worst than the cramps). Any suggestions as to a good substitute? I stretch a good deal before every match as well.
Thanks for any advice in advance.