The Social Serve: Nick Kyrgios blows up Twitter
Social media sleuth Joel Smith digs up the best of tennis in the social stratosphere this week.
Nick Kyrgios blew up Twitter this week with one of his best career wins thus far, upsetting his childhood hero Roger Federer.
Blessed to play one of my childhood heroes in Roger Federer. Blessed to get the win tonight 7-6 6-7 7-6 (14-12).
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) May 6, 2015
The support that followed made Twitter headlines.
What a amazing win by nick !!!@NickKyrgios huge !!!!
— Jarmila Gajdosova (@tennis_jarkag) May 6, 2015
— Lleyton Hewitt (@lleytonhewitt) May 6, 2015
Impressive performance tonight @NickKyrgios keep it going!
— John Peers (@johnwpeers) May 6, 2015
That was amazing last night! @NickKyrgios
— Daria Gavrilova (@Daria_gav) May 7, 2015
However, what was even more impressive was Todd Woodbridge’s prediction of the result.
— Todd Woodbridge (@toddwoodbridge) May 6, 2015
When Todd wasn’t predicting, he was pampering a select group of special women at the Crown Resorts Mother’s Day luncheon.
— Todd Woodbridge (@toddwoodbridge) May 7, 2015
Ajla Tomljanovic was quoting Taylor Swift during the week, celebrating her 22nd birthday.
The life of a tennis player requires tumultuous travel and unfortunately fires at airports can have a major impact.
Pulling up to the airport seeing tennis players laying all over the floor… They been here since 7am. #TheLifeOfaProAtheleteSucksSometimes
— sascha Bajin (@BigSascha) May 7, 2015
Really wanted to play @InteBNLdItalia this year but unfortunately these flight cancellations have made it impossible to get there
— James Duckworth (@JamesDuck21) May 8, 2015
For the record, Thanasi and James did not make it to Rome.
On a brighter note, our tennis players celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday which resulted in a collective Twitter ‘Awwwwww’
Matt Barton even got into the spirit of #pinksportsday to raise breast cancer awareness.
— Matthew Barton (@mbarton16) May 9, 2015
Doubles also proved a winner this week, with Casey Dellacqua taking out the doubles title in Madrid and Priscilla Hon a victor in Italy.
— Mutua Madrid Open (@MutuaMadridOpen) May 9, 2015
In that same doubles spirit, Rennae Stubbs was reflecting on that time when she partnered up with Serena Williams.
— rennae stubbs (@rennaestubbs) May 7, 2015
Jacob Grills was also winning…
ITF Pro Circuit Title #1 pic.twitter.com/8tfSzyk3n8
— Jacob Grills (@jacobgrills44) May 9, 2015
While Matt Reid’s chair umpire was definitely not winning…
Who said being a tennis umpire isn't dangerous.. Just witnessed a umpire fall out of her chair #futureslife
— Matt Reid (@MattReid12345) May 5, 2015
Twitter gave us an insight this week into what players might be when they retire:
Sub-editor Thanasi? Andy Murray approves…
@TKokkinakis not bad from the kokk! 152 retweets is a good effort from the youngsters.. How long did it take you to think that one up?
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) May 11, 2015
Or perhaps chef Daria Gavrilova?
Hi @Daria_gav your Instagram page about food is simply amazing! Said by an Italian, it's a great compliment 😉
— Chiamarsi Fogna (@ChiamarsiFogna) May 5, 2015
Finally it wouldn’t be a ‘Social Serve’ without an obligatory #selfie. This week’s winner: Mark Philippoussis