Keeping Grounded with Simple Pleasures: Tennis Challenges!

Last Update: April 17, 2020

We've been staying home in California for some time now. I do not see it as a bad thing, since we are doing our part to flatten the curve and stay safe during this difficult time. It gives the Earth a chance to reset and us as people to take a look around and see what's important to us, namely our health and well-being, as well as family and friends.

Staying active physically is a daily goal for me, but not because I have to force myself to be active, but because I'm not able to play the games I love to play: tennis and pickleball. Since I can't do those, walking fills up a good amount of my time. Lucky for me, I live in a beautiful spot in Mill Valley, CA. I've averaged 13,000 steps a day in April so far.

Here is a screen shot of my average walking distances last week: 14,894 steps a day! My iPhone health app keeps track for me and I love checking it, especially after a long walk!

As a tennis player (and teaching professional) how excited was I to see the videos that the great Roger Federer uploaded on social media? First he demonstrated some trick shots from his home in Switzerland. Notice that he has his own backboard, and that it's snowing!

Roger Federer's Trick Shots While in Quarantine

Next Roger, looking oh so cool in his white fedora hat and sweats, showed the tennis community how he practices volleys against the same wall.

Roger Federer Volley vs Wall Practice

Lots of tennis people took note and tried it themselves.

Here is my own video of the Federer Wall Volley Practice! My shot making is much slower and the video cuts off my head, but I completed the task while wearing my favorite face covering, my Ellessee scarf!

Now watch Novak Djokovic on Federer's Challenge. Djokovic is not known for his volleys, but does complete it with some humor!

Many others go in on the action including Serena Williams! She's even using a racket that Roger gave to her!

And then things really took off! Tennis great Andy Murray and his wife challenged the tennis world to 100 Volley Partner Challenge (a volley is a ball that doesn't bounce on the ground), and videos were posted all over the internet and social media.

Next up: Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena take the challenge!

Not to be outdone, my partner Kim and I needed three attempts to complete it and yes we did! Here they are: Attempt One, Attempt Two and at last, successful Attempt Three!

Whew! All this tennis is wearing me out! I better go take a nap! Also a shout out to my Wilson tennis rackets! Time for some new frames and strings!

Thanks for watching!


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Babou3 Premium
It is true the earth takes a little breath thanks to what is happening. In any negative or positive event, there is always something good that can come out of it. I see that you also did the Federer challenge. I am Swiss and Roger is one of the best ambassadors of my country so I am happy that he can bring us some entertainment and joy.

Stay safe!
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annezarra Premium
Roger is the best! He has been on Twitter answering fans questions as well. Love him! Thanks for your comments! Best, ANNE Z
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mathewP1 Premium
This is very good workout and staying fit for the time being. Meanwhile we are on quarantine we can workout and still do the things we want just different. Great post and informational to all.

Cheers,
Mathew&Deloris;
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annezarra Premium
Thank you Mathew and Deloris! We sure have a new appreciation for all that we have taken for granted perhaps it will become a way of slowing down and allowing us to "smell the roses" as they say! Best to you! ANNE Z
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MariaDale Premium Plus
Staying active during this time can be hard, it's great to see that you're keeping active!
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annezarra Premium
Hi Maria-sports and tennis have been a part of my whole life, so this is a challenge for now. Fun to see and make videos to share with others! Best to you! ANNE Z
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MariaDale Premium Plus
Have fun and don't tire yourself too much! I hope you are having a great weekend!
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JeffreyBrown Premium
This is GREAT, Anne! living life!
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annezarra Premium
Thanks Jeffrey! Always great to hear from you! BTW, I am getting closer to the 10,000 feedback goal: 18 left to go! How about you? Best, ANNE Z
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JeffreyBrown Premium
No, I'm stuck right where I'm at, Anne--I've sold enough, but the people seem to have much better to do than leave feedback. For instance, my sales are still approaching 13,000, while feedback is till below 10,000--frustrating to say the least. I will be happy if I reach the goal by the end of the year, but then, this has certainly been a weird year, though you already know this! Congrats! Let me know when you hit 10,000!

Stay safe!

Jeff
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Patricia81 Premium
This was amazing!!! Similarly, Inspiring for my future linked blogs/writings.

Thank you so much.
I LOVE tennis!!!

Best,
Patricia
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annezarra Premium
Thanks Patricia! Glad you enjoyed it! Anne Z
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