The celebs of the ATP Excursion are used to competing at the tennis courtroom, however no longer in the best way they did on Saturday on the Nationwide Financial institution Open Introduced via Rogers.
Casper Ruud, Hubert Hurkacz, Tommy Paul, Alex Molcan, Emil Ruusuvuori, Harri Heliovaara and Andreas Mies took on Nationwide Hockey League avid gamers, together with Calgary Flames big name Jonathan Huberdeau, in the yearly sport of ball hockey contested on the Canadian ATP Masters 1000 match.
It was once no wonder that the pro hockey avid gamers — Huberdeau, Zachary L’Heureux, Marc-Edouard Vintage, Jonathan Drouin and Olympic gold medalist in girls’s hockey, Melodie Daoust — ruled the motion. However there was once a laugh for all concerned, particularly the tennis avid gamers who’re hockey fanatics, like Ruusuvuori.
“I like each. I used to play reasonably a little bit [of hockey] with my pals when I used to be more youthful. I like the game. I nonetheless practice and I’ve numerous pals enjoying, additionally within the NHL. I like each sports activities and it was once in reality a laugh these days to play with those guys,” Ruusuvuori stated. “It was once in reality cool.”
Huberdeau, who was once tied for 2d within the Nationwide Hockey League in issues final season with 115, is the “Hubi” of the NHL. The Flame even took a photograph with the ATP’s “Hubi”, Hurkacz.
“It was once numerous a laugh. What you guys are doing, it’s a comic story. It’s so onerous. I’m simply suffering to practice in some way the ball,” Hurkacz stated. “t’s in reality superb.”
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“I feel those guys are simply athletes and they are proficient in each recreation, you’ll inform,” Huberdeau answered. “I am a large tennis fan. It is the identical factor whilst you guys play, I feel it is spectacular.”
Now, the tennis avid gamers will go back to their day jobs with the tennis major draw set to start out on Monday.
“I’m for sure higher at tennis, however it’s great to play hockey as a result of I by no means do it,” Paul stated. “This was once most probably the primary time I’ve accomplished it since I used to be 4 years outdated. It wasn’t lovely, however it was once a laugh.”