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Players find ways to entertain themselves during shutdowns
Published Mar 19, 2020
Tennis players are no strangers to downtime. They wait for flights, practice courts and matches on a weekly basis. Not to say life on tour isn’t action packed, but a big part of the job also requires countless hours in hotel rooms and airport terminals.
So the pros should be able to handle life in quarantine better than most, and so far, they are.
Before heading home to Florida to self-isolate, Reilly Opelka spent his time in California hanging out with pro skater Ryan Sheckler.
If that’s not cool enough, he also did some clothing designing for the independent manufacturer Mulch California. Opelka is already one of the best dressed players on tour and he’s showing no signs of slowing down his drip game.
Doubles specialist Hunter Reese drove straight from Indian Wells to Yosemite National Park. Reese is a huge fan of the outdoors, and judging by his Paul Bunyan-esque beard, the blizzard he hiked through was no match for him.
So far, the former NCAA doubles champ is dominating social distancing. What better place to isolate yourself than one of the most beautiful places on earth?
Noah Rubin likes to stay busy. As soon as the tours postponed, he took to Twitter and began setting up private lessons at home in New York. Due to the ever-escalating nature of the coronavirus, Rubin has since postponed all in-person lessons. Instead, he is offering video analysis for a small fee. He will also continue to build and expand his Behind the Racquet enterprise.
Alison Riske is a bundle of energy, on and off the court. It’s important to stay in shape even now, so she tried out some single-leg RDL’s with a big bottle of Tide as her counterweight.
One of the best social media follows in the game, the quick-witted Kristie Ahn has developed an entirely new fitness routine that will also help clean your floors.
Expect to see a lot more innovation and adaption from the pros as the tour shutdown has been extended until June 8.
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