The novel Coronavirus pandemic has put a halt on sports activity all over the world, and athletes, now confimed in self-isolation away from training grounds, are coming up with interesting new ways to train and keep themselves fit, and some are taking to social media to share with their fans. Recently, tennis ace Roger Federer poste about his drill on Twitter, and Indian tennis legend Leander Paes has shared his training routine too, but with a frying pan instead of a tennis racket, naming it ‘#FryingPanChallenge’, and his former doubles teammate Mahesh Bhupathi gives it a go!
On Wednesday, Leander Paes shared a clip on his official Twitter, where he was hitting a tennis ball on the wall repeatedly with a frying pan. Naming it ‘Frying Pan Challenge’, the 46 year old nominated all of his followers and other icons of the Indian sporting fraternity to take up the chalenge.
“Here’s a challenge for you guys while we’re in lockdown! How many can you do?” Paes wrote in the caption, “I’m challenging all of you out there. Send in your entries with the #FryingPanChallenge, tag me, and I’ll share the best few! 😁#TennisAtHome #StayHomeStaySafe #NoLookVolley #LockdownChallenge
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Here’s a challenge for you guys while we’re in lockdown! How many can you do?Advertisement
I’m challenging all of you out there. Send in your entries with the #FryingPanChallenge, tag me, and I’ll share the best few! 😁#TennisAtHome #StayHomeStaySafe #NoLookVolley #LockdownChallenge pic.twitter.com/V2rDlfEY4v
— Leander Paes (@Leander) April 8, 2020
As the official Twitter handle of ATP Tour shared Paes’s challenge, fellow tennis stalwart and Paes’s former teammate Mahesh Bhupathi was quick to notice his partner’s amazing juggle skills, and retweeted with: “Guy can volley with anything 😳😇“
Guy can volley with anything 😳😇 https://t.co/J0ssEg6334
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) April 8, 2020
Paes replied back, crediting the contribution of their mentors for the skill, and also asked Bhupathi to join in for the challenge.
We were taught well Hesh! Where’s your video at?! 😉🎾🍳 https://t.co/90aGQFntas
— Leander Paes (@Leander) April 9, 2020
Bhupathi was quick to follow up, who joined in the challenge, but with a smaller frying pan, as looking at the camera proved to be a little difficult for the 45 year old.
@Leander here you go, I tried your no look, talking to the camera version but I don’t have that kind of skill so I went down in size to a mini frying pan to make it challenging 😇🎾 🍳 pic.twitter.com/xJRUzXSxXs
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) April 9, 2020
India is currently under a 21-day nationwide lockdown, which will be in effect till 14th April. There has been 6,412 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India, and the death toll is at 199.