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05 Apr

Part 3. How beach tennis players survive the quarantine?

ITF has suspended all its tours until the 13th of July. And this is another portion of quarantine stories to let you know, how your colleagues live through this crisis in their country.  Today we have beach tennis people from Russia, Venezuela, USA and Reunion island.Ekaterina KamenetckaiaRussia (St.Petersburg)(4.989 active Covid19 cases)What the situation right now in your country? It’s hard to talk about the whole country. Each city has different laws and different restrictions. I live in St. Petersburg. Here, the quarantine started on March 30. Until March 30, EVERYTHING was opened, all restaurants and sports complexes worked regularly. Now only pharmacies and supermarkets are open. But it is still possible to go outside, you can even travel out of town. But the problem is that the Russian Federation did not declare an emergency situation, they stopped all the business and are not planning to help it. At the same time, companies were obliged to pay workers the normal salary. Therefore, some companies began to work illegally.For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? I have not played just 10 days so far. Before that, I trained every day.How do you spend your time due to the situation? Do you manage to train? I study remotely, work online, do physical training at home, cook, and spend time with friends if I have time, I also like to drive a car around the city. I’m suP.S. I'm addicted to swinging the pressIosune Roncal Venezuela(96 active Covid19 cases)What the situation right now in your country? The situation in my country is a partial quarantine with schedules to go shopping or do necessary things, but in my house, we particularly decided not to go out at all and we have 3 weeks without going out.  For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? I have not played beach tennis for 3 weeks, but I am training at home.How do you spend your time due to the situation? Do you manage to train? I am studying online what corresponds to my school year, I train a few hours and I also watch Netflix and videos. Sometimes I play beach tennis with my family, I also do exercises with training apps and videos.Ekaterina GlazkovaRussia (Moscow)(4.989  active covid19 cases)What the situation right now in your country?Since the 30th of March, we have a full quarantine. Now you can only go to the pharmacy / for groceries / walk with the dog 100 meters from the house. This has not been monitored yet, but it is getting stricter.For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? 17 daysHow do you spend your time due to the situation? I am preparing for my school exams, cooking, spending time with my familyDo you manage to train? Since I live in the countryside I have the opportunity to run outside, plus I have an exercise bike.Nicole Nobile & Theo IrigarayReunion island, France.(304 active Covid19 cases)What the situation right now in your country?Right now we stay in Reunion at the house of my parents (Nico and Theo came to Reunion to play the ITF tournament, that was canceled due to the emergency. But they were very lucky to be one of the last ones to leave Italy until the borders were closed). We have a complete quarantine. We can leave the house only to do shopping.For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? 3 weeks without normal beach tennis. But we managed to put a small net in the garden to play.How do you spend your time due to the situation? Do you manage to train? In the morning we relax: spend time in the swimming pool. And in the afternoon we do a good physical workout. Also, we try to go outside for jogging and play beach tennis in the garden,Nadia JohnstonUSA(301.823 active Covid19 cases)What the situation right now in your country? I live in New York, which goes through one of the worst coronavirus situation. We are in unessential quarantine. So you can go out for groceries, visit a doctor, walk your dog and even do sport. But you have to keep the distance and many parks are closed.For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? In NY we don't have any place to play beach tennis during the winter, so I haven't played since the tournaments in Saint-Barthelemy (February) and I planned to play tournaments in California, but of course, everything was canceled. How do you spend your time due to the situation? I am trying to catch up on many things that I usually don't have time for. And my sister has a dog rescue in the south of Thailand. And right now I am helping her a lot remotely, updating the website and doing the documents. Do you manage to train? I am living in an apartment, which is not a comfortable place to train. All the gyms are closed and the weather is quite cold. When it will get warmer there will be an opportunity to go outside and run. But right now it is really difficult to do a workout for me.

01 Apr

Part 2. HOW BEACH TENNIS PLAYERS SURVIVE THE QUARANTINE?

This is another portion of quarantine stories from Italy, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, and South Africa.Manuel Ringsletter and Nina DjordjevicGermany(55.495 Covid19 active cases)What the situation right now in your country? We can leave the house for work, shopping and even sports (biking, running) if we are alone or with family members. So it's not too bad. We usually don't practice at home so it's not a big difference but now we don't have tournaments.For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? The last time we played was 2 weeks ago 2 days in Barcelona.How do you spend your time due to the situation? Do you manage to train? So now we are doing gym workouts at home almost every day but no beach tennis or other sports are possible.Eneli Lattik Estonia(741 Covid19 active cases)What the situation right now in your country? In Estonia, we do not have full quarantine for all the people, only those who have diagnosed coronavirus, but we have a lot of things we are not allowed to do and it is strongly recommended to stay at home and go outside only then when it is very needed to (job responsibilities, going to the groceries). All the schools, shopping centers, public sporting places (outdoor gyms, skate parks, etc), indoor gyms and all other indoor sports halls are also closed. For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? I haven´t played beach tennis for 10 weeks now but this is because of the surgery and the rehab period I had.How do you spend your time due to the situation? Do you manage to train? My only training is rehab exercises now and these I can to at home but the only bad part of it is that I can not visit my physiotherapist now because of the coronavirus situation, cause all these kinds of appointments are canceled. That means my rehab can take a bit longer than it should be. Julia Chubarova and Nikita RibakovsSpain(61.075 active covid19 cases)What the situation right now in your country?In Latvia, it is actually okay. We are allowed to go out. Some of the places are still open (shopping centers, some cafes), but not the fitness centers. Also, we are obliged to have a 2 meters distance. Despite is very chill now, every week the rules are getting more strict.The craziest fact is that Latvia closed its’ borders on the 17th of March. Airport was only working for repatriation flights. But starting from 31 of March the airport is totally closed. So you can’t enter or leave the country by any mode of transport.For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? The last indoor beach tennis arena was closed on the 26th of March. But some people started to train outdoor (it is still aloud), when it was +15 degrees. But this week it is very cold - 2-3 degrees and snowing.How do you spend your time due to the situation? Nikita is a full-time programmer. So he continues to work online. As for me, I am totally into my blog (julychoo.com). So we are actually okay to stay at home. Every day we take our dog for a walk in a nearby park.Do you manage to train? We bought some equipment and do fitness at home.Helga YeskeSouth Africa(1298 Covid19 active cases)What the situation right now in your country?Our quarantine is very strict. We cannot leave our houses, not even to walk the dog. So right now training is not possible.For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? It has been 2 weeks since I last played.How do you spend your time due to the situation? Do you manage to train?The only training I am doing right now is fitness in the yard, more gymnastics and cross-fit based.  A little bit of hitting against the wall is possible! hope the restrictions will be lifted, but so far it is another 17 days to go.Doriano BeccaccioliItaly(77.635 Covid19 active cases)What the situation right now in your country? It's a very tough moment here. All the beach tennis lovers want to train or practice beach tennis. Unfortunately right now, keeping our family and friends safe is the priority. Beach tennis can wait. this is the only way to overcome this difficult period. The situation here is getting better day by day, and the people have understood how difficult is this situation, so they have started to go out less frequently, we only go to the supermarket or the pharmacy.For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? I haven't played beach tennis for 1 month now. Personally, it is pretty weird because I'm used to train every day.How do you spend your time due to the situation? Do you manage to train? I'm doing a lot of stuff that I couldn't do before because I hadn't enough time. Like studying something curious or interesting, training physically myself and trying to get a little bit stretched. Fortunately, I have a large backyard so I can manage my train. I do physical workout 4 times a week but sadly I can't do my daily beach tennis training. My workouts are managed by my two personal Trainers, Del Bono Tiziano and Del Bono Roberto. We are trying to not lose everything I have achieved in the last month.

30 Mar

How beach tennis players survive the quarantine?

Frozen ranking, no tournaments until the middle of June. Such a sad picture was painted by Covid19. While the international situation is the same for everybody, the conditions in each country are different.Therefore I decided to write a special article for beachtennis.io and show how beach tennis people survive quarantine all over the world. There will be 3-4 articles with 5 players from different countries. Each person I asked the same 4 questions.The interesting thing, that most of the players have answered me right away. It has never happened in my career before.Tommaso GiovanniniItaly(75,528 active Covid19 cases)What the situation right now in your country? Right now in Italy is one of the worst situation all around the world! I’m in quarantine for a lot of days more than 20 ... I’m not counting! We have possibilities just to go to the supermarket or pharmacies. For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? I’m playing a kind of beach tennis in my garden. Not on the sand but on hard ground! And the court is not regular. I haven't been playing normal beach tennis since the beginning of quarantine!How do you spend your time due to the situation? Do you manage to train? I’m spending a lot of time watching TV, reading books, cooking and doing some exercises at home.Eva D'elia Italy(75,528 active Covid19 cases)What the situation right now in your country? In Italy, we have been staying at home since the 8th of March. So we are in full quarantine. For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? I don’t remember exactly. But, I think I didn’t train with racket from 2/3 of MarchHow do you spend your time due to the situation? Do you manage to train? In the first week at home, I started to do some physics train (workout in the living room) but I stopped it for some days cause I felt sick. I lost taste and smell and feeling tired (maybe those were symptoms). But now I am good and started home fitness again. Sabrina Lopez GarciaSpain(61.075 active covid19 cases)What the situation right now in your country?I live in Lorca, Murcia. Here we can not leave our home in other cases than to buy some food or walk with a dog.For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? I haven't been playing beach tennis already for 3 weeks now. How do you spend your time due to the situation? Actually I have a lot of things to do with school. So I spend a lot of time studying.Do you manage to train? I have good equipment to train fitness at home, So every evening I go to the patio and do a good workout.Edwin Marc HsingNetherlands(10,636 active Covid19 cases)What the situation right now in your country?Right now we are still allowed to go outside but it is limited. We are not allowed to contact other people. Only family members are all allowed to be together indoors and outdoors. All bars, restaurants, schools, fitness centers and Gymnasiums are closed.For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? I managed to play actual beach tennis on a Friday before all the rules went into effect. That was Friday the 13th of March.How do you spend your time due to the situation? I still have online classes to study and also I do FaceTimeing with my family back home on Aruba to keep in contact.Do you manage to train? Right now to keep me sane and fit I am running around 5-6 Km every other day. Doing personal workouts indoors. And I just bought a badminton net system that is easy to set up. So I can play with my girlfriend in the yard. So that I do not lose any ball feelingPauline BourdetFrance(33,599 active Covid19 cases)What the situation right now in your country? Here in Paris, the situation is complicated. We are in quarantine. We can only go out for food or pharmacy.For how long you haven’t been playing beach tennis by now? For the last time, I played beach tennis 10 days ago in Reunion island. And I flew back home to Paris right after that.How do you spend your time due to the situation? Do you manage to train? I manage to train at home. Of course, physically most of it, and we also do some hitting with my husband Morgan. We kind of adapted for the situation. But it's OK, we learn to put things into perspective in these situations. 

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