The Break is back with a new episode to get you caught up on all the off-court news in tennis.
Following on the heels of world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty announcing that she will not be playing this year's US Open due to COVID-19 health concern, fellow Aussie Nick Kyrgios has followed suit. The world No. 40 made his announcement on the Uninterrupted's Instagram account.
Dear Tennis,— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) August 1, 2020
I will not be playing this year at the US Open.
It hurts me at my core…But I’m sitting out for the people, for my Aussies, for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives, for all of you. #SincerelyYours, @NickKyrgios pic.twitter.com/7EecHNU82l
He was very honest about some players and their behavior during the on-going pandemic.
"But tennis players, you have to act in the best interest of each other and work together," Kyrgios said. "You can't be dancing on tables, money grabbing your way around Europe, or trying to make a quick buck hosting an exhibition. That's just so selfish."
Two young Italian girls got the surprise of a lifetime. Vittoria Oliveri and Carola Pessina posted a video playing rooftop tennis, and it picked up over 10 million views. One of those viewers was their tennis idol, Roger Federer.
The girls thought they were preparing for another interview when they were asked about their favorite player. Minutes later, Federer would appear on the rooftop, absolutely shocking the girls.
Stinging for a bruising?
Given the boredom levels are slightly higher these days, people are finding many creative ways to pass the time. The newest activity to arise is called "Sting Tennis." The Philadelphia Eagles witnessed a group of boys hanging on the fence as balls were being crushed directly at them. The NFL players were very confused yet intrigued by the game that leaves a good deal of bruising.
There isn't any love in sting tennis. pic.twitter.com/8KmBRZWOSK— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 1, 2020