ATP stars play on digital center court amidst COVID-19

Rafael Nadal has faced many challenges both in his professional tennis career and in life, overcoming all of them like the champ that he is. For a person of his stature, it’s hard to believe that there is one thing he fumbles with: technology.

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Instagram Live has become an entertainment outlet for stars to uplift the spirits of their fans while they stay at home as they do their part in flattening the curve. Nadal enlisted the help of his good mates and two of the greatest tennis players of all time, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, for an Instagram Live session. A fan of tennis and the players, Vijaya Prakash Boggala shares it took Rafa a good few minutes before he could get the session going.

Nadal’s live session with Federer was a display of their undeniable brotherhood, as they caught up with each other with questions about their families and everyday activities. Nadal was quick to ask about Federer’s post knee surgery recovery. The Swiss shared that the first six weeks of the surgery were quick and pleasant, but the succeeding ones are proving to be slow due to the quarantine.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala says Murray took Federer’s spot when the Swiss bade adieu. The Scot shared with Rafa that his hip surgery went well and that the toughest thing he’s facing now is homeschooling his youngsters. Before the Spaniard got to work his Instagram Live session, Murray wrote, “He can win 52 French Opens, but not work Instagram.” They surely know how to tease the fans with their friendship.

Vijaya Prakash Boggal wrotes medical abstracts and has contributed to the 2011 article “A mortal case of moonshine.” He enjoys watching tennis, cricket, basketball, and other live sports. For similar reads, head over to this blog.


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