Former doubles partners Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi bonded over a ‘frying pa challenge’ after the former challenged everyone to practice a no-look return with a frying pan to pass time during the coronavirus lockdown.
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi formed a hugely successful doubles pairing for India during their heyday (Reuters)
- Leander Paes on Wednesday had challenged everyone to #fryingpanchallenge
- Mahesh Bhupathi accepted the challenge on Thursday
- British tennis player Jonny O’Mara also followed suit
Athletes are finding innovative ways everyday to deal with the ongoing lockdown in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. From online gaming to workouts, sports websites nowadays are filled with reports of players sharing their daily routines while staying at home 24×7. Former doubles partners and India tennis superstars Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi too bonded over a ‘frying pan challenge’ on Thursday.
“Here’s a challenge for you guys while we’re in lockdown! How many can you do? 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”: Paes had posted a message on his Twitter handle along with a video of himself trying a rally with a frying-pan while looking at the camera.
Here’s a challenge for you guys while we’re in lockdown! How many can you do?
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
The other half of yesteryears’ highly successful tennis doubles pair, Bhupathi, was quick to respond with his own version of the challenge along with a video titled: “@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”.
You’ve always had mad skills and I remember that volley winning us a few Grand Slams https://t.co/A4gEoe86md
— Leander Paes (@Leander) April 9, 2020
British tennis player Jonny O’Mara also followed suit.
— Jonny O’Mara (@Jonny_OMara) April 9, 2020
Also from the tennis world, former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has been active on social media in a bid to keep himself busy and entertain fans as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt normal life around the globe.
Murray took to his official Twitter handle to post a 100 volley associate challenge. Murray and his wife Kim Sears challenged all tennis players and fans to dig out their rackets and grab a partner to crack out 100 volleys from home after demonstrating their skill in the unique challenge.
They certainly didn’t make it look easy and after completing their century, Murray had to duck to avoid a searing forehand from his wife.