Cooking. Binge-watching. Reading. Time with family.
A few common activities people across the world have relied on to pass the time while quarantined during the COVID-19 crisis.
Tiger Woods is no different, balancing time to himself with books—horror novels to be specific—and soaking up valuable hours with his kids. One outlet in particular brought the 15-time major golf champion and his children together: tennis.
Woods is hardly a stranger to the game, having been a regular attendee of the US Open at Flushing Meadows and special guest across the pond at Wimbledon. Speaking ahead of this week’s upcoming Memorial Tournament, Woods talked about making the most of his private court while in lockdown.
“There’s a lot of things that I hadn't done in a long time. One was sport-wise and we were playing quite a bit of tennis,” he said. “That was very different and something I hadn't done in a very long period of time because I hadn't been able to do it physically. The kids enjoyed it. We were able to do that in the backyard.”
Remember when? In 2006, Nadal walked with Woods during the final round of The HSBC Champions tournament at The Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai. (Getty Images)
Over the years, Woods has forged friendships with the likes of Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. In 2018, after impressing with his own comeback by finishing runner-up at the PGA Championship, Woods was full of praise for the American, when she reached her second consecutive Grand Slam after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia just 12 months earlier.
"Serena and I talk quite a bit but what she is doing is just truly remarkable," Woods said at the time. "Having a child and having all the duties of a mother and trying to come back and trying to play at the elite level and she's doing it. That's back-to-back finals. That's pretty impressive."
Woods would go a step further at The Masters in April 2019 to taste victory at a major for the first time in nearly 11 years. It was no surprise to learn both Serena and Nadal followed intently, understanding the journey only champions of their caliber could relate to.
I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods this is Greatness like no other. Knowing all you have been through physically to come back and do what you just did today? Wow Congrats a million times! I am so inspired thank you buddy.— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) April 14, 2019
“I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods. This is Greatness like no other,” tweeted Serena.
Said Nadal, “The celebration of yesterday when he was walking with the family, was one of the moments that I won't forget.”
Woods made the trip up to New York again last year, watching both Nadal and Serena win matches in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
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