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Rooftop Tennis In Italy Goes Viral

  • Posted: Apr 19, 2020

Rooftop Tennis In Italy Goes Viral

Video has earned nearly seven million views on Twitter alone

Two girls in Italy have taken #TennisAtHome to a whole new level.

In the city of Liguria, two junior players found a creative way to play tennis at home while maintaining social distancing, hitting the ball to and from one another’s rooftops. That video has gone viral since it was posted Saturday, earning nearly seven million views on Twitter, 1.3 million views on Facebook and almost 450,000 views on Instagram. It yielded one of the most-viewed tweets in the ATP Tour account’s history.

Several international news outlets have shared the video, as have various celebrities, including reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Rex Chapman, a former NBA basketball player who has become known for his social media presence, wrote on Twitter Saturday that it was the, “most incredible thing you’ll see today”.

Piers Morgan shared the video with his 7.3 million Twitter followers.

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The viral video showcases the success of the #TennisAtHome campaign. As of 13 April, nearly 18,000 posts have referenced the hashtag, with those posts earning almost 400 million impressions and eight million interactions. The ATP Tour channels alone earned more than 14 million video views as of last Monday.

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Tsitsipas' Squat Challenge, Federer's Flashback: Tennis At Home Roundup

  • Posted: Apr 19, 2020

Tsitsipas’ Squat Challenge, Federer’s Flashback: Tennis At Home Roundup

ATPTour.com looks at what your favourite players have been up to

Your favourite players are all back at home, but they’re finding plenty of ways to occupy their time. From Stefanos Tsitsipas’ unique physical challenge, to Roger Federer’s epic throwback, find out how the biggest names in tennis are keeping busy.

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Roger Federer reminded everyone that nothing lasts forever.

 

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Reminding everyone there are better days ahead😜😁 #weekend #vibes #premirka #teen #wearingmyfirsttie

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Stefanos Tsitsipas made sure not to skip leg day with his new challenge.

Jonny O’Mara demonstrated that he’s a two-sport athlete.

Dominic Thiem made sure to enjoy some outdoor time with his dog.

 

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Enjoying the first summer days ☀️

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Karen Khachanov had an adorable surprise guest for his training session.

 

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Now all my trainings look like that 😅💪🏻😉 ⠀ #StayAtHome #PlayInside Вот так вот и тренируемся😅💪🏻😉

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Denis Shapovalov managed to find the humour in his current situation.

 

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Coming back to tennis is gonna be like… 😱😂

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Fabio Fognini ramped up his skills in the kitchen over the past few weeks.

Jamie Murray served up another simple and effective workout for his followers.

Todd Woodbridge appeared to be angling for a spot on the next season of “Dancing With The Stars”.

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Querrey On New Dad Life: 'That's The Silver Lining In This'

  • Posted: Apr 19, 2020

Querrey On New Dad Life: ‘That’s The Silver Lining In This’

American checks in from home

I hope everyone out there is doing well and continuing to play their part in flattening the curve.

My wife, Abby, and I welcomed our first child in February, a baby boy named Ford. Having an eight-week-old baby takes up plenty of time, so I’ve just been doing the full-time dad thing now. Ford is a family name on my wife’s side, her grandmother’s maiden name, and it popped up to us a few months before he was born.

He sleeps for about 15 hours a day, but when he’s up, he’s in our laps and we’re playing games, reading books, going on neighbourhood walks or listening to music. It’s been really fun to be part of his life every day for these first two months. That’s the silver lining in this because I probably would have missed a lot of those early days due to tournaments.

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The most rewarding part of being a dad is getting to the point now where I can put him in my lap and he’ll laugh or smile. He could be a total pain in the butt for 48 hours and all is forgotten if he gives you that one reaction. I just wasn’t expecting the amount of diapers he goes through! It feels like you put one on him and then he goes to the bathroom a minute later.

We also have a one-year-old chocolate lab named Ruby and she’s got so much energy, so that adds an interesting element to the mix. We’re taking her on four walks a day and making sure she runs around, but she’s struggled a bit with not getting the same amount of attention. She’ll try to lick Ford’s face and we’re constantly having to shoo her away from the baby, but hopefully Ruby will get more comfortable around her and they can learn to be friends.

We had a lot of family help in the beginning with Ford. My parents live a mile away, so they were over constantly along with my sister and her husband, but it’s basically just the three of us now that we’re on lockdown. My parents have come over a couple of times and we might go for a walk along the street, but we’ll space ourselves out to adhere to social distancing guidelines and my wife and I are not letting anyone else hold the baby.

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The time at home would be great if it were a normal situation. I do enjoy the off-season and having the routine for those two months of seeing family and friends or going out to dinner, but it’s more of a mental struggle now because of the circumstances. You can get into a routine, but it’s a boring routine!

If I didn’t have a newborn at the house, I’d probably be losing my mind. I’m struggling a little bit and I think that everyone probably is. The unknown is the toughest part. If it were a case of, “Okay, on 8 July, everything will go back to normal,” it would be a little easier to grasp. There’s so much uncertainty now and that makes it tough to get your schedule down. I’m riding the peloton and doing home workouts when I can, but it can sometimes be a battle to get motivated when you know your next tournament won’t be for awhile.

I’m just trying to be an optimist and really looking forward to getting back out there soon. I don’t care what tournament or level it is. I just want to play! Even though the clay-court swing is normally not my favourite part of the season or where I’ve had my best results, I’d give anything to be competing in any of the European clay-court tournaments now or even face Nadal in them!

I had perhaps taken for granted how nice the past 13 years have been in terms of being able to pick whatever tournament you want and then go play it. But since that’s been taken away now, I would happily go play my least favorite tournament starting tomorrow if I had the opportunity.

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Five Things To Know About Nick Kyrgios

  • Posted: Apr 19, 2020

Five Things To Know About Nick Kyrgios

Learn about the Australian’s charity work, love of basketball and more

Nick Kyrgios has earned victories against each member of the Big Three, lifted six ATP Tour titles and entertained crowds across the world with his entertaining brand of tennis.

ATPTour.com looks at five things you should know about the 24-year-old.

1) He Is A Big Match Player
It’s simple: Kyrgios raises his level against the elite on the ATP Tour.

The Aussie owns a combined 5-5 record against the Top 2 players in the FedEx ATP Rankings: Novak Djokovic (2-0) and Rafael Nadal (3-5). Kyrgios claimed straight-sets victories in each of his 2017 encounters against Djokovic, and he has beaten Nadal at 2014 Wimbledon, 2017 Cincinnati and 2019 Acapulco.

“I love going out and playing the big matches,” said Kyrgios after saving three match points to beat Nadal at 2019 Acapulco. “It’s one of the best atmospheres that I’ve ever played in. You could tell the crowd was loving every minute of that match. That’s what we play for… It’s a match I will never forget.”

2) Kyrgios = Hot Shots
With tweeners, no-look shots and underarm serves in his bag of tricks, Kyrgios’ unpredictable style can often disrupt his opponent’s rhythm.

As Kyrgios’ rivals attempt to solve the puzzle he presents, fans fill the stands to witness his exciting brand of tennis. Kyrgios can also count on the support of Andy Murray, who shared his admiration of the Aussie’s game in Washington last year.

“He has an exciting game, a big personality and he’s different,” said Murray. “People enjoy watching that. I enjoy watching that. His match with Rafa at Wimbledon [in 2019] was one of the best matches of the tournament. That’s really good for tennis.”

3) His Charity Work Provides Purpose
Kyrgios is keen to use his talent to give back to the community. In 2017, the 6’4” right-hander launched the NK Foundation, which aims to offer sporting opportunities to underprivileged youths.

The foundation aims to build a centre in Melbourne that will feature four tennis courts, two basketball courts, a gym, a swimming pool and 10 self-contained dormitory facilities. The project was supported by the ATP ACES For Charity grant programme in 2018.

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4) He Helped Inspire Bushfire Relief Fundraising Efforts
At the start of the 2020 ATP Tour season, while Australia was suffering from the effects of widespread bushfires, Kyrgios pledged to donate AUD $200 for every ace he served during his appearances at Australian summer events.

The charitable gesture inspired a number of fellow players to make similar donations, including ATP Cup teammates Alex de Minaur, John Millman and John Peers. Kyrgios also took part in Rally For Relief in the week before the Australian Open, a fundraising event at Rod Laver Arena that helped raise almost AUD $5 million for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

5) Basketball Is In His DNA
“I’m LeBron James,” said Kyrgios. “I’m the best basketball player of the tennis players, hence I’m LeBron.”

Boston Celtics fan Kyrgios is often seen wearing NBA jerseys during practice sessions at ATP Tour events and posts about the sport regularly on social media.

When asked to create a fantasy ATP Tour basketball team last year, Kyrgios (Point Guard) selected Jackson Withrow (Shooting Guard), Jack Sock (Small Forward), Gael Monfils (Power Forward) and Reilly Opelka (Centre).

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Djokovic Offers Dream Trip To Next US Open In Charity Auction

  • Posted: Apr 19, 2020

Djokovic Offers Dream Trip To Next US Open In Charity Auction

Serbian is supporting #allinchallenge initiative

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is offering a dream opportunity in a charity auction to help support Americans in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Serbian is participating in the #allinchallenge, providing a special package for two to the next US Open.

“It’s every human’s right to have food on the table no matter what, so the #allinchallenge is raising money for America’s No Kid Hungry, World Central Kitchen, Meals on Wheels America, Feeding America, and America’s Food Fund,” Djokovic wrote on Facebook.

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Djokovic is offering a three-night trip for two to the next US Open, at which the auction winner will sit in Djokovic’s box for a match, enjoy a chat with the Serbian and his team after the match, and then hit balls with the 79-time tour-level titlist the next day. The Serbian also will sign two racquets and two sets of match gear for his guests.

“I’m honoured to be part of the #allinchallenge. Unfortunately lots of families across America are struggling at the moment, and they’re in desperate need for our help and support,” Djokovic said in a video on his social media accounts. “Please, please get on board and support this noble and wonderful initiative in order to provide the most fundamental need and right for every single person in America and across the world… that is food on a plate.”

 

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According to an Associated Press report, Djokovic also recently made a donation to support the fight against the coronavirus in Bergamo, Italy.

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