The Social Serve: Twittersphere goes into meltdown
Social media sleuth Joel Smith digs up the best of tennis in the social stratosphere this week.
When Nick Kyrgios defeated Roger Federer in Madrid earlier this month, the Twittersphere went into meltdown. When Daria Gavrilova defeated Ana Ivanovic in Rome last week, the Twittersphere again went into meltdown. Coincidence, or is the social media world starting to take notice of our Aussie young guns?
— Daria Gavrilova (@Daria_gav) May 16, 2015
She is on fire she is unstoppable @Daria_gav congrats
— Jarmila Gajdosova (@tennis_jarkag) May 15, 2015
@Daria_gav Congrats Dasha!! 💪👏
— Ellen Perez (@EllenPerez95) May 13, 2015
@Daria_gav woohoo another gutsy win from the kid!!
— rennae stubbs (@rennaestubbs) May 13, 2015
Teach me your ways @Daria_gav 👍
— Storm Sanders (@stormsanders94) May 14, 2015
I think we can all agree Lleyton Hewitt has taken to Twitter like a duck to water. He’s even created his own Wimbledon hashtag: #TheRoadToSW19
— Lleyton Hewitt (@lleytonhewitt) May 13, 2015
Another player with Wimbledon on his mind is Ben Mitchell.
Considering my preparation I was happy to play a high level match at the @rolandgarros today. A week in Paris and then on to the grass!
— Benjamin Mitchell (@BenMitchell_11) May 19, 2015
But back to Lleyton, and his slow-mo video of this obscure serving drill is well worth a look.
— Lleyton Hewitt (@lleytonhewitt) May 15, 2015
The other big Twitter tennis story for the week was the blossoming relationship between new doubles pairing Nick Kyrgios and American Jack Sock.
— Ross Hutchins (@RoscoHutchins) May 15, 2015
— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) May 15, 2015
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) May 17, 2015
So what does Nick do in his downtime when he’s not losing sleep over Jack Sock? It seems he’s playing FIFA online with Andy Murray!
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) May 15, 2015
In other, more serious tennis news, Thanasi Kokkinakis won a title!
— Thanasi Kokkinakis (@TKokkinakis) May 18, 2015
Unfortunately Jarmila Gajdosova was forced to pull out of Rome due to injury, but was quick to send what was arguably the “feel good” tweet of the week.
I wish all the best to @MariaSharapova .thank you for being nice and understanding about my injury. I know you been thru it yourself!
— Jarmila Gajdosova (@tennis_jarkag) May 12, 2015
John Millman gave Jarmila a good run for her money though.
You have a disappointing day on court yesterday and then you wake up this morning to news you are an uncle. #perspective
— John Millman (@johnhmillman) May 13, 2015
Elsewhere, Matthew Barton snapped himself in Seoul.
Chillen with the lads in Seoul. pic.twitter.com/afsxxF1LN2
— Matthew Barton (@mbarton16) May 13, 2015
Which got us thinking, was it the purple shorts that made him upset?
And Nick Kyrgios received his own portrait from an inspired fan.
— layla_repacholi (@laylarepacholi) May 14, 2015
Are John Millman and Jason Kubler ‘Kissyo Frozen Yogurt’s’ newest ambassadors?
— John Millman (@johnhmillman) May 14, 2015
Finally, it wouldn’t be ‘Social Serve’ without an obligatory Instagram #selfie or two. Is this one of the best selfies of 2015 so far?
Selfie with the leaning tower of Pisa 😛🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/dzhwXfUPF7
— Priscilla hon (@pribo98) May 15, 2015
But this week’s winner is… Harry Bourchier!