American tennis player Sam Querrey says being at home and spending time with his first born child has helped him occupy his time during the current quarantine period. In a post on the ATP Tour website, Querrey says, "My wife, Abby, and I welcomed our first child in February, a baby boy named Ford.
Having an eight-week-old baby takes up plenty of time, so I've just been doing the full-time dad thing now. Ford is a family name on my wife’s side, her grandmother’s maiden name, and it popped up to us a few months before he was born.
He sleeps for about 15 hours a day, but when he’s up, he’s in our laps and we’re playing games, reading books, going on neighbourhood walks or listening to music. It’s been really fun to be part of his life every day for these first two months.
That’s the silver lining in this because I probably would have missed a lot of those early days due to tournaments. The most rewarding part of being a dad is getting to the point now where I can put him in my lap and he’ll laugh or smile.
He could be a total pain in the butt for 48 hours and all is forgotten if he gives you that one reaction. I just wasn’t expecting the amount of diapers he goes through! It feels like you put one on him and then he goes to the bathroom a minute later.
We also have a one-year-old chocolate lab named Ruby and she’s got so much energy, so that adds an interesting element to the mix. We’re taking her on four walks a day and making sure she runs around, but she’s struggled a bit with not getting the same amount of attention.
She’ll try to lick Ford’s face and we’re constantly having to shoo her away from the baby, but hopefully Ruby will get more comfortable around her and they can learn to be friends." the former World No.
11 Querrey says the difficult part about the current tennis shutdown is not knowing exactly when things will resume to normal. "The unknown is the toughest part. If it were a case of, “Okay, on 8 July, everything will go back to normal,” it would be a little easier to grasp.
There’s so much uncertainty now and that makes it tough to get your schedule down. I’m riding the peloton and doing home workouts when I can, but it can sometimes be a battle to get motivated when you know your next tournament won’t be for awhile.
I’m just trying to be an optimist and really looking forward to getting back out there soon. I don’t care what tournament or level it is. I just want to play! Even though the clay-court swing is normally not my favourite part of the season or where I’ve had my best results, I’d give anything to be competing in any of the European clay-court tournaments now or even face Nadal in them!" The 32 year old Querrey is currently ranked No. 45 in the world rankings.