Federer and Nadal Live, Rooftop Tennis and More in the Unforgettable Lockdown Moments of 2020

Published 01/02/2021, 1:46 AM EST
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Rafael Nadal of Team Europe and teammate Roger Federer share a joke during the singles match between Stefanos Tsitsipas of Team Europe and Taylor Fritz of Team World during Day One of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 20, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)


Tennis players did a lot of things in 2020 that will remain in the minds of fans. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, etc, all had some moments that are unforgettable.

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FEDAL: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer go Live on Instagram

First up were Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. During the tennis lockdown back in April, Nadal decided to go live on Instagram. He had a lot of problems using the application and admitted that he was a disaster when it comes to using technology.

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But what was more joyous was that we witnessed a FEDAL moment. Although Nadal had trouble adding Federer to the session, he finally did and both the players were Live on Instagram talking about life and tennis.

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Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray live on Instagram

Similarly, in April 2020, other than Federer and Nadal going live, we saw Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray going live as well. Both the players spoke about various things ranging from their careers to the next-generation. It was here that Djokovic predicted either Alexander Zverev or Dominic Thiem were going to win a Grand Slam.

“We’re also not that young anymore. You have guys like Dominic Thiem and Tsitsipas and Zverev, these guys, I think they’re maturing so quickly. They’re ready to get the grand slam titles and I think they’re really close,” Djokovic said.

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Novak Djokovic talks with Andy Murray. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

ROOF-TOP Tennis: Roger Federer surprises and plays tennis with the viral Italian girls

Earlier in 2020, two Italian girls had gone viral. They were seen playing tennis over two roof-tops. After realizing that they were huge fans of his, the Swiss Master decided to surprise the duo.

Federer then had lunch with the girls and later played roof-top tennis with them. He also had another surprise up his sleeve, Federer had enrolled the girls into the Rafa Nadal Academy as well.

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Simona Halep and her soccer skills with a toilet paper

Amidst the pandemic, the trend of showing off soccer skills using toilet paper caught up amongst tennis players. Acing this department was Simona Halep.

The Romanian was superb as she juggled the toilet paper nonstop. She was astute with her soccer skills, juggling with her feet and knees.

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Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and others take part in various social media challenges

Sitting at home during the pandemic break in 2020 was a different experience for our tennis players. But with the comfort of social media, these players engaged themselves in various social media challenges.

First Roger Federer started the #TennisAtHome Challenge. Federer showed off his volleying skills and suggested a solo drill that can keep everybody close to tennis during the lockdown. Later Serena Williams showcased her volleying skills as well.

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Djokovic and Murray subsequently took on the #100volleychallenge with their wives, which was hilarious. Furthermore, various other social media challenges erupted in 2020.

Tennis players kept on nominating each other in various challenges. Like Felix Auger Aliassime, who had a go at the #Maradona7 challenge.

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Rafael Nadal cooks during the lockdown

The lockdown offered everyone an opportunity to pursue things that they generally didn’t have time for. Nadal also indulged in some things he was fond of.

Rafa Nadal posted an Instagram story back in March 2020 that saw him cooking at home. As everyone was forced to quarantine, Nadal decided to cook for his family and he made it look easy.

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Stan Wawrinka has a stellar Instagram account

One player who has shaped his social media handle brilliantly was Stan Wawrinka. During 2020, Wawrinka’s Instagram was rife with splendid pictures. And these weren’t normal pictures. They were aesthetically taken and edited.

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Now his Instagram page is more sophisticated and is the best social media handle amongst tennis players.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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