After enduring a difficult few seasons, Canada's Vasek Pospisil has been back on the up in recent times, and the secret to his improved fortunes might have been revealed during his Montpellier final against Gael Monfils on Sunday!
Tennis players take all sorts of sophisticated sports drinks to keep them energized and hydrated, but Pospisil discarded all of these and went all traditional, whipping out a bottle of maple syrup- one of Canada’s finest exports- during one of the changeovers in the final!
As video of the incident circulated over Social Media, the 29-year-old became a hit, getting several nods of approval, especially from his compatriots.
Maple syrup is a popular natural sweetener, claimed to be healthier and more nutritious than sugar. Canada is the largest producer of Maple syrup, with over 80% of the world’s supply produced in the north American country.
The syrup could not quite get Pospisil over the line in Montpellier on Sunday, as he fell 7-5 6-3 to Monfils. Still, it was a terrific week for the Canadian, who missed the first half of last season after undergoing back surgery in January.
The former world No. 25 was down at 248th in September, but he’s been back on the rise in the last few months, winning Challenger events in Las Vegas and Charlottesville at the end of last season. He also played a pivotal role as Canada reached the Davis Cup final, and is now on the brink of breaking back into the top-100 after has runner-up finish in Montpellier. It was just his second tour-level final, his first since August 2014.
Canadian’s were naturally impressed with tennis, but even more pleasing was the appearance of a bottle of maple syrup!
Pospisil’s fellow Canadian pros, Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and US Open champion, Bianca Andreescu were among those to endorse their countryman’s choice of drink.
— Félix AugerAliassime (@felixtennis) February 9, 2020
Doesn’t get more Canadian than that? congrats on reaching finals ?? https://t.co/dDJ6xLMEdk
— Bianca (@Bandreescu_) February 9, 2020
And who better to have the final say than the man himself!
Maple Syrup ?:
Best Sports performance drink.
Rich in nutrients & minerals.
Fights against terrorists.
Shockingly good in coffee.
A great friend.
You’re Welcome, World.
— Vasek Pospisil (@VasekPospisil) February 10, 2020
It will be interesting to see if Pospisil sticks to his maple syrup when he faces top seed, Daniil Medvedev in his Rotterdam opener on Wednesday.