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Supermarket Security & Food Deliveries: Krawietz & Mies Are Giving Back

  • Posted: May 01, 2020

Supermarket Security & Food Deliveries: Krawietz & Mies Are Giving Back

Roland Garros doubles champions serve their communities during lockdown

For the first time since they each turned pro, Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies find themselves in one place for an extended stretch. The reigning Roland Garros doubles champions are at their respective homes in Germany, but a sedentary lifestyle didn’t sit well with the normally globetrotting duo.

The German pair suddenly had a wealth of free time at their disposal and were eager to use it productively. While Krawietz began to cook more and Mies enjoyed quality time with his family, they also began to think about how they could be of service to their communities.

“We’re in a very privileged position to play tennis and make a living out of our passion since we were little kids. We were able to take our hobby and turn it into a job,” Mies said in an upcoming episode of Tennis United. “Sometimes it’s hard to give back when we’re traveling so much for tournaments, so now was the time to think about what we can do to help.”

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Krawietz learned from a friend who manages a few stores in Munich that they needed workers. Three days after offering to help, the 28-year-old clocked in at 5:30am for his first day of work at Lidl, a German supermarket chain. Krawietz has done everything from stocking shelves to disinfecting shopping carts and working security at the front entrance to ensure there are no more than 40 customers inside.

“I was doing security at the front door from 3:00-8:30pm and had to stand the whole time. I was already looking at my watch after 30 minutes and thought it was like a fitness session,” Krawietz joked. “After that, I was thinking that I’m very lucky to have a job where I get to play tennis and travel so much. But even though getting up at 5:00am hurts a bit, it’s been a new experience and fun to talk with my other colleagues.”

The World No. 13 in the FedEx ATP Doubles Rankings hasn’t received any special treatment on the job. He attempted to work at the store anonymously until a German magazine broke the story. But once Krawietz’s boss discovered that his shelf stocker was a professional athlete, he wasn’t exactly compelled to offer a promotion.

“I need five minutes to find the right aisle for everything,” Krawietz said, laughing. “My boss would point at me and my friend, who also used to play professional tennis, and joke about how slow we are.”

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Mies opted to lend a hand by teaming up with German football player Bastian Oczipca to deliver fruit to essential workers and the special needs community. The two athletes, who currently serve as ambassadors for the Special Olympics, recently delivered apples to the employees and residents of Lebenshilfe, a non-profit organisation that enables people with intellectual disabilities to lead a more independent life.

Mies and Oczipica were not able to visit the residents personally because they are considered a high-risk population during the pandemic, so they also wrote cards for them. They are encouraging others to do the same through Lebenshilfe’s website and believe that small gestures can still have a meaningful impact.

“We just wanted to make them smile and do our part to help the community,” Mies said. “It doesn’t have to be much. It’s nice to see a lot of players doing things to make people happy and help out their communities.”


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Gemeinsam mit Bastian Oczipka habe ich der Lebenshilfe leckere Äpfel vorbeigebracht, die unter den Mitarbeitern und Bewohnern verteilt werden. Das Ziel der Lebenshilfe ist es, Menschen mit geistiger Behinderung ein selbstbestimmtes Leben zu ermöglichen. Basti war zu Besuch bei der Lebenshilfe Gelsenkirchen und ich bin bei der Lebenshilfe NRW vorbeigefahren. Wir möchten uns damit bei den Mitarbeitern der Lebenshilfe bedanken und den geistig behinderten Bewohnern eine kleine Freude machen. Leider dürfen wir aktuell nicht persönlich zu den Bewohnern, weil sie zur Risikogruppe gehören und in der momentanen Situation sozial stark isoliert leben. Deshalb haben wir noch jeweils eine Karte an die Bewohner geschrieben, damit sie sich weniger einsam fühlen. Ihr könnt das auch gerne machen! Über die Internetseite könnt ihr bundesweit sehen, welche Lebenshilfe-Einrichtung bei euch in der Nähe ist und dort ein paar nette Zeilen hinschicken. Die Bewohner freuen sich 🙂 #PostkartengegendieEinsamkeit @lebenshilfenrw @bastianoczipka @specialolympicsnrw #lebenshilfe

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Djokovic Tells Wim Hof How He Dismisses Doubt & Distraction

  • Posted: May 01, 2020

Djokovic Tells Wim Hof How He Dismisses Doubt & Distraction

Serbian explores the inner conversations he has on the court

In the newest episode of his Instagram series, “The Self-Mastery Project”, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic went on Instagram Live with extreme athlete Wim Hof to discuss the importance of the mind.

For much of the episode, Djokovic listened to what Hof — who owns the Guinness World Record for fastest half marathon barefoot on ice/snow — had to say. But Djokovic related the Dutchman’s thoughts to the tennis world.

“On the tennis court I can instantly notice the difference in my own perception of this simple experience… when I make the transformation from being in a doubtful state of mind — when I allow maybe some distractions and some environmental factors to affect my focus, my presence — [to] when I’m completely aligned and I basically am present and everything flows. I’m not thinking because it’s automatic, because I already have it inside of me.”

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Djokovic noted that he brings to the court confidence that he has put in all the physical and mental training he needs in order to believe he is ready to win the match. That helps him mentally on court.

“I go out and then I know exactly the distinction and when I make this transformation from good to bad or bad to good, whatever direction,” Djokovic said. “It’s really interesting what you’re talking about because I can feel it on the court. It’s the same court, it’s the same opponent, and the level of the quality of tennis doesn’t change much. It’s more or less at the same level. But I control how I feel and how I act in these situations.

“[I control how I feel by] having in a way a consciousness and awareness of this inner conversation of what is going on, the thoughts, ‘Oh, I’m not good enough, he’s great, I’m not feeling well, sun is in my eyes, someone is screaming something from the crowd’. If you start going that route and you have no control over your thoughts and it completely floods you, you’ve lost focus and that’s why you feel completely inferior towards your opponent.”

Under the same circumstances, Djokovic feels maintaining focus and controlling those thoughts could make a big difference in a match.

“Nothing externally has changed, but internally you say to yourself, ‘I trained myself, I know I’m good, I believe in myself, I have confidence in myself, I’m going to execute these shots in the best possible way. Whatever happens, I accept it, I recover, I go to the next one.” And then all of a sudden the whole game, the momentum shifts to your side. It’s really interesting because it all boils down to the power of mind,” Djokovic said. “The power of mind is something that we have, that we possess. We can’t expect someone else to grant us or to give us a gift or present or something that is going to be a cure or a secret of success. We’ve got to do that work ourselves.”

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Murray Joins King & Amanpour For Special Interview

  • Posted: May 01, 2020

Murray Joins King & Amanpour For Special Interview

Interview will air on Friday

Fans may not be able to watch ATP Tour action right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are in for a special treat on Friday.

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray joins legend Billie Jean King and CNN Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour for a special interview to discuss life under lockdown, gender equality in tennis and the future of the sport.

The interview will air on CNN International worldwide at 7p.m. BST. Viewers in the United States will be able to watch the interview on PBS’ ‘Amanpour & Co’ (local listings vary). will show the clip shortly after it airs.

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Emirates ATP Kids Hub: Now Serving Up Colouring Fun

  • Posted: May 01, 2020

Emirates ATP Kids Hub: Now Serving Up Colouring Fun

Pass the time indoors colouring some popular images on the ATP Tour

All tennis players know that it’s good to keep things inside the lines.

The same, of course, is true when it comes to colouring. So young fans will be well prepared to enjoy the opportunity to put their own creative stamp on some cool images from the ATP Tour.

ATP and its premier partner Emirates have teamed up to provide some fun activities to occupy young tennis fans during this period of lockdown. In addition to a Fan Essay Contest, the Emirates ATP Kids Hub now offers colouring opportunities for youngsters.

Download one or more of these great tennis images and start colouring!

If needed, download Acrobat Reader to access the colouring pages;

Barcelona Stadium (PDF)


Rafa Fist Pump (PDF)


Monfils Stretch Forehand (PDF)


Monte Carlo Stadium (PDF)

Monte Carlo

Tsitsipas Backhand (PDF)

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Tennis United Episode 4: Berrettini & Tomljanovic Join The Show

  • Posted: May 01, 2020

Tennis United Episode 4: Berrettini & Tomljanovic Join The Show

Johnson, Querrey, Pliskova and Yastremska also make appearances

Tennis power couple Matteo Berrettini and Ajla Tomljanovic join hosts Vasek Pospisil and Bethanie Mattek-Sands for episode four of Tennis United. They answer the tough questions, from who takes longer to get ready during quarantine to who has been eating more junk food.

Pospisil and Mattek-Sands investigate the beginnings of Berrettini and Tomljanovic’s relationship.

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“He started doing really well so I was like, ‘Alright’,” Tomljanovic joked about her boyfriend, who is No. 8 in the FedEx ATP Rankings.

“I had to fight more outside of the court than on the court,” Berrettini said of courting Tomljanovic.

Another funny moment came when they were discussing whether or not they enjoy practising together. Berrettini claimed Tomljanovic does not.

“It’s not that I don’t like practising together, I did in the beginning,” Tomljanovic said. “But now when it’s more often, the thing is, he wants to get better too and my arm is hurting by like the 40th minute because his forehand is massive!”

Also joining the show are Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey, Karolina Pliskova and Dayana Yastremska.

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‘I practised so much my hands hurt!’ – Bertens ‘defends’ Madrid title on the PlayStation

  • Posted: May 01, 2020

Madrid Open virtual champion Kiki Bertens says her hands were hurting because she practised so much before ‘defending’ her title in a PlayStation battle between the world’s leading stars.

Taking on her fellow WTA professionals on a computer game was the nearest the Dutch player could get to returning to the Spanish capital, where she won the biggest event of her career last May.

And the Dutch number seven managed to back up last year’s clay-court win by triumphing in the esports tournament that replaced the real thing because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bertens, 28, won the WTA Madrid Open Virtual Pro, while Britain’s Andy Murray claimed the ATP title.

“I got the PlayStation about a week and a half before the event and then I played almost every day,” she told BBC Sport.

“But my hands were hurting because I was not used to using the game controller! So some days I could not even play.

“In the days before the event started we were practising with the girls, playing some matches and I was feeling well.

“Of course it doesn’t compare to playing for real on the court, but when I do something I always want to win, even for a good cause. That’s how I am, how competitive I am.”

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Each tournament featured 16 of the world’s top players, with Bertens taking the WTA prize after beating France’s Fiona Ferro in Thursday’s final.

Prize money of 60,000 euros (£52,500) was awarded to each winner, with Bertens giving half to the relief fund providing financial assistance to lower-ranked players.

The other half will go towards fundraising efforts in the Netherlands. The nation has almost 40,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University, and has recorded 4,795 deaths to date – the seventh highest tally in Europe.

“I will use this money to help people in our country because I think a lot are struggling here,” she said.

“I am still deciding which funds to help exactly, but everything will go to a good cause.”

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'My Instagram': Get To Know Challenger Stars Rodionov & Wolf

  • Posted: May 01, 2020

‘My Instagram’: Get To Know Challenger Stars Rodionov & Wolf

Jurij Rodionov and J.J. Wolf discuss their most important Instagram posts

They are two of the rising stars on the ATP Challenger Tour. Jurij Rodionov and J.J. Wolf dominated the circuit in the early months of the 2020 season, combining to win 29 matches and four titles, with both players surging to career highs inside the Top 170 of the FedEx ATP Rankings.

We know their accomplishments on the court, but who exactly are the Austrian and the American? What do they value most and what have been their most important experiences?

From Rodionov’s passion for traveling to Wolf’s first encounter with Roger Federer and the impact of his time at Ohio State University, they break down their favourite Instagram posts…

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