“It’s No Accident”- Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Others Pay Special Tribute to Heroes Who Helped Tennis’ Return

Published 12/18/2020, 6:52 AM CST
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 20: (L-R) Serena Williams of the United States speaks to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Stadium Court at the Hard Rock Stadium, before the first match of the Miami Open on March 20, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

The government body of men’s and women’s tennis has shared a special video on its Twitter page as an expression of gratitude to its silent backroom warriors who paved the way for the game to return post lockdown.


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CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 15: A net with the WTA logo during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15th, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

ATP, WTA share video showing how stars kept up spirits during the lockdown


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The post has snatches from videos shared by stars in both the men’s and women’s circuits, showing how they didn’t lose their sense of humor and kept their spirits up during the tough lockdown phase.

It also captures moments that stand to illustrate how patience, grit, and positivity helped not just tennis stars, but mankind in general, overcome the shattering impact of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

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The post is tagged with an inspiring message, which reads, “It’s no accident that tennis uses the language of life. This is to thank those who made our return possible. Together we are stronger when we are United. #TennisIsLife.”

The unheralded heroes who made it possible for players to return to action are frontline warriors of cities hosting tournaments, match officials, and the ATP staff who worked tirelessly to ensure that tennis fans weren’t deprived of their favorite sport for too long.

The post features clips of the likes of Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Diego Schwartzman, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Coco Gauff, among others.


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The post is sure to score big with tennis fans, purely in terms of the positivity that it exudes. It sends out a clear message – that the sport is bigger than the pandemic and will overcome all challenges that come its way.

It also comes as an assurance to fans, who were deprived of the events that were canceled because of concerns around the pandemic.


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The Indian Wells Masters and Monte Carlo Masters were among the top Tennis events that were canceled owing to concerns around the pandemic.

The Australian Open, the year’s first Grand Slam, has been pushed back from its usual start date of January 19 to February 8 due to the pandemic.


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However, the top bosses of both the ATP and WTA have voiced hope that normality would be restored in the new season.


Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.