Two girls in Italy have taken #TennisAtHome to a whole new level.
In the city of Liguria, two junior players found a creative way to play tennis at home while maintaining social distancing, hitting the ball to and from one another’s rooftops. That video has gone viral since it was posted Saturday, earning nearly seven million views on Twitter, 1.3 million views on Facebook and almost 450,000 views on Instagram. It yielded one of the most-viewed tweets in the ATP Tour account’s history.
Just incredible to see 💖
📍 Liguria, Italy 🇮🇹 | #tennisathome pic.twitter.com/dh8bqlvFhj
— ATP Tour (@atptour) April 18, 2020
Several international news outlets have shared the video, as have various celebrities, including reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas.
It’s really nice to see 😃 https://t.co/FWmhzNYRiO
— Stefanos Tsitsipas (@StefTsitsipas) April 18, 2020
Rex Chapman, a former NBA basketball player who has become known for his social media presence, wrote on Twitter Saturday that it was the, “most incredible thing you’ll see today”.
Most incredible thing you’ll see today.
These two women are playing tennis from rooftop to rooftop in the Italian city of Liguria to pass time during the pandemic.
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) April 18, 2020
Piers Morgan shared the video with his 7.3 million Twitter followers.
Amazing… ! https://t.co/6GEMb5ErET
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 19, 2020
The viral video showcases the success of the #TennisAtHome campaign. As of 13 April, nearly 18,000 posts have referenced the hashtag, with those posts earning almost 400 million impressions and eight million interactions. The ATP Tour channels alone earned more than 14 million video views as of last Monday.