Greg Rusedski, 45, is now plagued by aches and pains. Ironically, Greg now also gets backache because of the sedentary nature of his off-court work
Greg Rusedski was once one of the fastest servers on the tennis circuit. But powering balls at nearly 150mph and throwing his 6ft 4in frame into every shot has come at something of a price.
Though still remarkably fit, the one-time world No 4 is now plagued by aches and pains. These aren’t only due to the injuries he sustained during his tennis career — including shoulder strain, and a stress fracture of a lower vertebrae in his back that he gained in 2000.
‘Tennis is not a symmetrical sport,’ says the father-of-two. ‘One side of the body overdevelops, especially through serving. And that can have an impact on posture and how your joints feel.’
Ironically, Greg now also gets backache because of the sedentary nature of his off-court work — namely long hours in television or radio studios commentating on tournaments.
Greg, 45, who lives with his wife Lucy in Battersea, South London, says: ‘Sitting there, as anyone with a sedentary job will tell you, can play havoc with your back.
‘It tends to be in the lower back and can be a bit of dull pain. It’s exacerbated by wear and tear from having competed for so long.
‘I can wake up in the morning and my back might feel sore and my shoulders ache.’
However, the Canadian-born ace claims he has now found a rather unusual way to help: a T-shirt.
The Posture Shirt (£74.95, active posture.co.uk) features variable stretch sections in the back of the garment — the manufacturer calls them ‘NeuroBands’ — which are said to activate the postural muscles in the upper body by putting pressure on them.
The theory is that this strengthens muscles key to maintaining core strength, so keeping the back and shoulders in alignment and reducing aches and pains.
The T-shirt is one of a number of so-called posture-correcting clothing products on the market, including bras.
They work on the same principle as Kinesio tape, the strips of tape worn by athletes such as footballers that supposedly improve performance and reduce the risk of injury by increasing awareness of the body’s position.sonos sonos One