Doubles Take looks at what the pros on the ATP and WTA tours are up to during the hiatus.
Professional baseball players have been back on the diamond for a little while now across Asia. Chinese Taipei’s Fubon Guardians got a special visit from two of the nation’s most popular athletes, Latisha and Hao-Ching Chan.
The sisters got to hang out with the players, and Hao-Ching threw out the first pitch. The Chans were off to a mixed start this year with a semifinal at the Australian Open their best result. In their reunion campaign in 2019, the pair won four titles together.
IN THE WINNERS’ CIRCLE
Mini-exhibitions featuring the pros have popped up around the globe the past couple of months. The Winners Open in Romania featured three-time major winner Horia Tecau and the country’s top singles players, Simona Halep and Marius Copil, as well as Gabriela Ruse.
It felt great to be back on the tennis court with these guys @simonahalep @marius_copil @gabrielaruse! I really missed it and I'm grateful to the organisers for doing such a great job with this event! After this long wait, with a new and fresh perspective, I feel that with every pause and break, we get the chance to create something new for ourselves. In this case, something healthy, inspiring and joyful. Thanks again for your vision and all the effort put into this event. You made it possible and safe for everyone! @sportsfestival, @banca_transilvania #sportsfestival #bancatransilvania
Tecau, by far the most accomplished doubles player in the group, partnered with Halep to take on Copil and Ruse on the clay courts, and providing further evidence doubles can work out during these days of social distancing.
DOING HIS PART
Long involved in humanitarian efforts, Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi has been fighting hunger in Pakistan, both on the ground and online.
I am super thankful to Menu Seasons Food for their support and being part of the #StarsAgainstHunger campaign. Menu seasons food placed a bid 500,000 Pakistani rupees for my signed racquet. This amount will help @rizq.sharefood @stop_war_start_tennis distribute ration bags among 142 families affected by the pandemic. A small ceremony was held at their head office where my signed racquet and book , certificate of acknowledgement and beautiful calligraphy from @rizq.sharefood was presented to Menu Seasons Food.
Through his Stars Against Hunger initiative, the veteran has been delivering food to regions in need, while also holding online auctions to raise money for the cause.
SHE’S GOT IT COVERED
Sania Mirza, one of India’s greatest athletes, has made a return appearance to the pages of one of the premier fashion magazines.
The first step towards self love is to be content with who you are ,only then can you see the beauty beyond .. I choose love - I always choose love my second cover for @cosmoindia Editor: Nandini Bhalla @nandinibhalla Photography: Prudhvi Raja Addala and Vamsi Krishna Varma K @stargaze_studios Hair & makeup: Aliya Baig @makeupbyaliyabaig Styling: Tanusha Bajaj @tanushabajaj Media Consultant: Think Ink Communications @think_ink_communications Dress by: Meghana Limbadri Label @meghanalimbadrilabel Earrings by: Suhani Pittie @suhanipittie
Mirza, who was in early stages of an impressive comeback in 2020 before play stopped, is gracing the cover of Cosmopolitan India for the second time, with “Self Love” the theme of the issue.
A "SPLASHBACK" TO LAST YEAR
Of course, everyone’s missing Wimbledon around this time. World No. 73 Artem Sitak shared a particular memory from his run to the mixed doubles quarterfinals with Laura Siegemund last year.
The duo managed to beat both their opponents and an out-of-control sprinkler system that day. While the tour is on hiatus, Sitak has been keeping himself busy as a bee while … beekeeping.