#TennisAtHome Takes Off As ATP Players Get Creative During Suspension

  • Posted: Mar 20, 2020

#TennisAtHome Takes Off As ATP Players Get Creative During Suspension

Skills challenges, fitness and family time… See what ATP stars are up to

“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.

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Skills Challenge
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.

Galo Blanco, Karen Khachanov, Andrey Rublev (Instagram) and Albert Costa try out the tennis version, the #20TouchChallenge, using a racquet and a toilet paper roll.

Japan’s Taro Daniel goes a more traditional route, showing off his skills with a racquet and ball. 

Playing Tennis
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.

Staying Fit
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. 

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:

“Step 1: Workout
Step 2: Post it or add a Story with #StayFitStan
Step 3: I will repost on my page highlights #StayFitStan

Jamie Murray has also shared four exercises for home workouts.

At Home
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!”

Fabio Fognini has conquered cleaning with style during this down time, while Chef Stan Wawrinka extends an offer to share ‘Stanley special lasagna… over FaceTime of course’. 

Finally, Australian Alex De Minaur does his own PSA, reminding people to #StayAtHome: 

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