WATCH: Cuevas, Azarenka, Sabalenka and Others Stole the Show on Social Media During Australian Open 2021 Quarantine

Published 01/29/2021, 8:30 AM EST
ROME, ITALY: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates in her round one match against Venus Williams of The United States during day three of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Riccardo Antimiani – Pool/Getty Images)


The two-week quarantine rule ahead of the Australian Open 2021 was tough on most players, but the likes of Rafael Nadal and Victoria Azarenka managed to stay in the headlines even during this dour spell.

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The Spaniard, who is currently level with Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slam titles apiece, didn’t let up on his rigorous workouts and training during the quarantine period.

Victoria Azarenka was shot dancing to a song in her hotel room at Australian Open 2021

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Nadal was filmed practicing his groundstrokes in the company of his coach Carlos Moya and the support staff. The Spaniard looked in fine fettle, nailing his trademark forehands and backhands during a high-intensity practice session.

Pablo Cuevas did shadow-practice under the shower

Veteran Uruguayan tennis star Pablo Cuevas found his own source of entertainment, sharing a video of himself shadow-practicing his shots under the shower.

He shared another footage of himself, perfecting his shots by bouncing the tennis ball off a mattress held up against the wall. The video got him appreciation from peers Riley Opelka and Vasek Pospisil.

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus waits to return a serve during her Women’s Singles first round match against Oceane Dodin of France on Day Two of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka shot a video of herself grooving to a peppy song in her hotel room.

She couldn’t have found a better way to not only keep herself active in the comforts of her hotel room during the quarantine period but also stay in high spirits.

Aryna Sabalenka put on her dancing shoes at practice

Her Belorussian peer Aryna Sabalenka took it a notch higher as she was seen in an impromptu dance-off with a member of her support staff.

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Sabalenka, who is on a great run of form after winning three WTA tournaments on the bounce, took some time out of practice to show off her dancing skills.

Veteran French tennis star Edouard Roger-Vasselin shared a video of how he was counting down the quarantine days in his own unique way.

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Reigning Australian Open champion and World Number 1 Novak Djokovic was also trending on social media after engaging in a fun push-up challenge with some fans from his hotel balcony.

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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.

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