How are tennis stars coping with COVID-19

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COVID-19 has affected the world in ways that no one could have predicted. For an illness that’s known to attack people with weaker health aggressively, it’s surprising to see even professional athletes getting it. This is why, for the sake of everyone’s health, most public events like matches, press conferences, and exhibition games have been canceled. Even a sport like tennis where players are often more than six feet away from each other has been had their live events canceled. According to Vijaya Prakash Boggala, this is to ensure the safety of the audience and the staff tending to the venue, the game, and the players.

It came as a shock to the world of tennis hearing that the world’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, tested positive for COVID-19. Both Djokovic and his wife both tested positive after arriving in Belgrade to get tested. Thankfully, their children tested negative for the virus, and Djokovic is not showing any of the symptoms. He believes he and his wife contracted the disease while they were on tour, helping establish up and coming tennis players from South Eastern Europe. The philanthropic idea was to help raise funds and awareness for these amazing talents.

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Meanwhile, with the ATP Tour put on hold, several tennis stars have done their part to help the community combat the epidemic, according to Vijaya Prakash Boggala. Juan Sebastian Cabal has launched an initiative to help some of the most vulnerable people in his hometown of Cali, Colombia. Juan Martin del Porto has donated the shoes he wore in his 2013 Wimbledon semi-finals match against Djokovic to a charity auction that supported the Ramon Santamarina Hospital in Tandil, Argentina.

<ahref=”https://twitter.com/vpboggala”>Vijaya Prakash Boggalahas written a number of medical abstracts for scholarly journals. An artisan at heart, he also enjoys the arts and is particularly fond of DIY projects, as well as sports. More on Vijaya’s sports interests here.

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