Lock Down Under: Mattresses, jump ropes and bottles as training tools

Lock Down Under: Mattresses, jump ropes and bottles as training tools

There's been no shortage of eye-catching content uploaded by the pros since they've settled into their 14-day Melbourne accommodations.

What happens when tennis players are stuck inside their hotel rooms for 14 days? They get inspired. They get creative. And they lose their minds... just a bit.

There's been no shortage of eye-catching content uploaded by WTA and ATP competitors since they've settled into their Melbourne accommodations over the past several days. Pablo Cuevas emerged as an early standout through multi-purpose usage of his mattress—first with backhand drilling, and later surfing. Daria Kasatkina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova have entertained through outstanding video collabs, and who could forget TikTok gem Elina Svitolina?

We'll keep you up-to-speed in 'Lock Down Under' as the videos and photos pour in. (You can view the entire archive here.)


Tuesday, January 19

Paula Badosa took over Tennis Channel's Instagram Story letting viewers in on a current day in life Down Under. Breakfast, exercises and Netflix were among the subjects covered.

 

Americans Marcos Giron and Nick Monroe went head-to-head in a double jump challenge. How long can they go? Spoiler: well over a minute!

 

Are you clutch under pressure when it comes to carnival games? Nick Taylor appears to be a dead ringer after sharing this impressive clip.

 

Ons Jabeur and Pablo Cuevas found helpful practice partners, to put it lightly. Meanwhile, Aryna Sabalenka imagined she was stepping into the baseline on Rod Laver Arena.


Thursday, January 21

In the immortal words of Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes, "It's getting weird!" The players have closed in on their first full week of quarantine and, well, some of them have gotten a bit punchy in isolation. From Alex de Minaur's eager anticipation for his first practice to Heather Watson's homemade triathlon, it's all happening in these hotel rooms.

 

Next up, Erin Coscarelli hosts The Break and recaps even more quarantine antics from the first week in lockdown.