#TennisAtHome Takes Off As ATP Players Get Creative During Suspension
"There’s always a way to get some exercise in," Stan Wawrinka posted on social media. "What are you guys doing to feel better in these strange times? #StayHealthy #StaySafe"
With the ATP Tour now suspended through June due to the continuing outbreak of COVID-19, ATP stars are getting creative and staying engaged online while social distancing. Tennis players worldwide have taken to social media to partake in skill challenges, share how they’re staying fit and playing tennis, and document how they're making the most of their time at home.
Get the latest on #TennisAtHome here, and be a part of the trend. Share what you’re doing using the hashtag #TennisAtHome and tag @ATPTour.
Gael Monfils and Vasek Pospisil attempt football's #StayAtHomeChallenge, playing keepy uppy with a toilet paper roll, before nominating peers including Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic.
Vasek Pospisil (@VasekPospisil) March 19, 2020
10 days without tennis😢 Time for challenges!— Karen Khachanov (@karenkhachanov) March 20, 2020
Next up are @stanwawrinka, @DaniilMedwed, @KYevgeni and my football friends @Cheryshev, @smolovfedor_90, @matshummels!#StayAtHomeChallenge 🏡 #20touchChallenge @433 pic.twitter.com/ftivF12ygQ
Japan's Taro Daniel goes a more traditional route, showing off his skills with a racquet and ball.
No court, no problem for Yannick Noah, Lucas Pouille and Frances Tiafoe. Noah, taking part in the #Entre4Murs challenge for Fête le Mur through which people record themselves playing sports at home, gets creative with a variety of poses and celebrations as he hit against the side of a house. Pouille and Tiafoe take the tennis inside. “Indoor tennis, nouvelle version ! 😁” tweets Pouille.
Lucas Pouille (@la_pouille) March 18, 2020
Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Pablo Carreno Busta are among the players who have shared ways they're working on their fitness at home, but the award for most creative workout may go to Australian John Millman, who gets a special assist from his nephew. "Easier working as a team," Millman tweets.
We don’t know when we will be back on court ... but still focus on the way to come back stronger ... 👊🏽— Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (@tsonga7) March 19, 2020
Ça bosse (à la maison) ! 🏋🏽
Prenez soin de vous et restez chez vous ! 🙏🏽😘#TsongaTeam #TennisAtHome #StayHome #RESTEZCHEZVOUS pic.twitter.com/DFwutFZ1M3
Wawrinka plans to share how he's staying fit on an on-going basis, and has encouraged others to do the same using the hashtag #StayFitStan:
Seeing as we’re all home I would love for us to all be active together. I’m going to post little workout videos and challenges over the next few weeks that we can all do from home ( maybe not this one 😉)— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) March 20, 2020
Step 1:… https://t.co/XApsP2BuTR
"Step 1: Workout
Step 2: Post it or add a Story with #StayFitStan
Step 3: I will repost on my page highlights #StayFitStan
ANY WORKOUT IS GOOD ✅
Jamie Murray has also shared four exercises for home workouts.
Jamie Murray (@jamie_murray) March 20, 2020
Extra time at home has come with some benefits, particularly for new dads Andreas Seppi and Jeremy Chardy. "Family time is the best time • 🥰❤️" shares Seppi, who is enjoying the break with wife Michela and their newborn Liv in Boulder, Colorado. Chardy, who has been bonding with his newborn son Stone, would certainly agree: "❤️The best feeling ever!"
Finally, Australian Alex De Minaur does his own PSA, reminding people to #StayAtHome: