Canadian Vasek Pospisil says he is using the time from the tour shutdown to keep fit while waiting for the tour to resume. Speaking to The Toronto Star, 29 year old Pospisil says, “I’m looking at it as an opportunity to rest because the tennis season is so gruelling and we don’t really ever get much down time.
I’ll be running outside in the park and then doing very basic (workouts) in my apartment because you can’t do much else. But it’s just about keeping the body loose and ready for when things calm down and things reopen, and when the tennis season starts up again I’ll have tons of time to get back in the gym and get fit for the first event”.
While he is holed up inside his apartment mostly, Pospisil says he is also learning how to cook his own meals. "I’m a horrible cook. I’m always on the road so I’m always eating at restaurants, or if I’m home visiting my parents then my mom cooks.
I’ve only really cooked one time in my life ... it was 2011 I think, in Australia — chicken breast with pasta, that was it. So I’m going to have to Google some recipes. I have no idea”. The Australian has also been one of the most vocal players when it comes to players rights in general and during the tour shutdown.
And he says he thinks the tour suspension will in all likelihood extend much more than the current 6 week suspension. “That’s the tough part — the unknown is what makes things pretty difficult. Not only in terms of organizing your schedule, but even mentally trying to think positive because it’s just human nature — we fear the unknown.
That’s probably the most powerful aspect of all of this. To be honest, it wasn’t even that I was surprised that (Indian Wells) was cancelled, it was just a time of confusion. ll the players were very confused, we didn’t know what was going to happen, we were all there training, getting ready.
Obviously (cancelling) was the right thing to do, but the other side of it was like, ‘OK what do we do now? Where do we go?’ So it was a very strange feeling ... it’s not something that you’re ready for at all”.