#FUF: Personal Victories and Social Flaws
| I Think I’ll Take a Selfie |
Perhaps not exactly headline-grabbing news, but when Roger Federer takes a “selfie,” the twittersphere tends to freak out. While windswept hair and a half-eaten ice cream provided ample photo interest, it was the location of his follow up selfie that caused a stir. Like a game of “Where’s Waldo,” we only had to look for the grim skies and murky water to realize that Roger was, of course, in front of London’s Tower Bridge. Roger joins world No. 1 and new tennis dad Novak Djokovic to make up the elite eight along with Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, US Open finalist Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic and US Open champion Marin Čilić. All tennis aside, let’s just enjoy Roger’s selfie mastery:
| I’ve Got 99 Problems but a Marathon Ain’t One |
Just in case anyone missed the photo of Caroline Wozniacki’s pre-marathon snack circling social media – we’re blaming you, Serena – it turns out popcorn did little to deter Wozniacki from completing the New York Marathon in impressive time. No stranger to running miles on the court, the Dane was greeted by BFF Serena at the finish line clad in a neon pink track top as bright as her victory smile. The US Open finalist’s efforts sparked conversation in the tennis media, namely by Tennis.com’s very own Peter Bodo (@ptbodo) who expressed his admiration of both Wozniacki and the women’s game: “When a tennis player can blow through the most storied of all annual marathons as if it were a Sunday morning jog, especially under the brutally windy conditions that marked the day, it says something about her grit. It also speaks volumes about the quality of the athletes playing women’s tennis today.” Bodo has a point. I fully expect an official WTA running club next season, Stacey.
Which player do you think would get the best time?
| A Lesson in Fat-Shaming: Sharapova vs. Kafelnikov |
It’s no surprise that former player, Russia’s Yevgeny Kafelnikov, has taken another dig at his compatriot, the current WTA No. 2 ranked Maria Sharapova following her reaction to Russian tennis team captain, Shamil Tarpischev’s sexist comments about the Williams sisters. Thanks to tennis reporter Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits) we’ve got the general gist of the altercation.
Strike two! Kafelnikov tweeted a meme of a rather enlarged Sharapova with the caption ‘That’s what awaits for you then you eat Sugarpova cookies!’ (by the way Kafelnikov, if you’re going to shame, at least get the type of fat-inducing product correct). Many believe that Kafelnikov hasn’t quite gotten over the Sochi snubbing, where Sharapova was chosen as one of the lead torch bearers into the stadium at the 2014 Winter Olympics. (See GIF)
| It’s My Birthday, I’ma Spend My Money |
Serbian sensation Ana Ivanovic had a birthday this week. She joins the 27-Club along with compatriot Djokovic, Murray and Sharapova (all born in 1987). Take a look at some of the Twittersphere’s celebratory messages on her special day:
| A Career Milestone |
Speaking of Serbs, Novak Djokovic notched his 600th career win this week following his victory at the BNP Paribas Masters. Djokovic has claimed the title three times in his career (2009, 2013, 2014) and becomes the fifth active player to have reached the lofty 600 sum.
| A Tale of Two Fortunes |
This week also marked the announcement that world No. 3 Simona Halep would part ways with coach, Wim Fissette. Beginning after this year’s Australian Open, the arrangement had been a great success, prompting to a season that saw her reach her first major final, qualifying for and reaching the Year-End Championships final (dishing out and receiving a bagel at the hands of Serena Williams) and firmly embedding herself inside the world’s elite Top 3.
But wait. There’s a silver lining for Halep. Thanks Stacey.
Matt Cronin (@TennisReporters) also broke the news of America’s third highest ranked Madison Keys and her recent appointment of three-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1, Lindsay Davenport on her team. While Davenport won’t be joining full time, it’ll be interesting to see how she can implement her notoriously fierce and flat strokes and devastating serving skills into the Keys arsenal.
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