Going on month after month without official competition, players find themselves needing to invent even more creative ways to break up the monotony of training.
So 15-year-old Darja Suvirdjonkova initiated the #Challenge2BallsAndRacket nominating three friends to record and post videos of themselves juggling a racquet and two tennis balls:
Sixteen-year-old Slovenian Bor Artnak then accepted the challenge, adding a ball-bashing twist at the end:
"It was a tough one...let’s say I did it in first try anyway," Artnak wrote on Instagram before nominating Kaja Juvan, winner of seven ITF singles titles at just 19:
Thanks @artnakborofficial , this was actually harder than I thought ???? I think I'm on my way to being qualified for the circus ???????????????? I nominate: @iga.swiatek @kostyukmarta @razborseknik Pro tip from experience: don't try this on hard courts for the first time ???? #nopressure #challenge2ballsandracket . . #kajajuvan #tennisplayer #tenniscourt #tennislifestyle #werepresent #ifeelslovenia #tennis #tennis???? #wta
"I think I'm on my way to being qualified for the circus," Juvan said in the caption of her video.
That circus could soon include more top-level prospects, with Iga Swiatek and Marta Kostyuk among the names the Slovenian added to the list.
It turns out the kids are not just all right, but also multitalented.