The clay season is (officially) underway this week at the indoor WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix event in Stuttgart and the ATP Barcelona Open BancSabadell. With a lot of tennis to keep us occupied, my social media timeline has been set ablaze.
Catch up with what’s been happening below in TTI’s Follow-Up Friday.
Novak Makes History
Novak Djokovic tops many a list this year – most Top 10 players beaten (11), most Top 30 players beaten (13) and most matches won so far (30). He’s also broken a few records, namely winning six consecutive Grand Slams and Masters 1000s — also the first to win the opening three Masters 1000 events of the season — and now currently owns the largest gap between No. 1 and No. 2 in ATP history, with a 5,460 point lead.
That’s right, if there was any doubt remaining, Novak Djokovic is the current king of the ATP.
And here’s a interesting thought from the oracle that is Jamie Murray. Hashtag #prime
Fed Cup Fever
It might have just finished at the tail end of last week, but Fed Cup brought out the big social media guns with teams celebrating their wins and wallowing in their losses on their social media platforms. Russia reached the final to face defending champions Czech Republic, the USA failed to make it out of the World Group Play-offs despite Serena Williams’ best efforts, and Switzerland just barely made it past Poland despite the – let’s just say – labored effort from Martina Hingis in singles.
Happy Birthday to Ya!
Both Maria Sharapova and Daniela Hantuchova celebrated birthdays this week, with the former Russian No. 1 entering her 28th year and the Slovakian recently reaching 32. It’s certainly a tale of the veterans on the WTA Tour these days — both players have been playing for over a decade — but here’s just a little celebratory post for each.
Retired champions Thomas Muster and Andre Agassi took to the clay courts of Stuttgart for a special one-off gala match under the lights of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix’s Centre Court. Agassi also played a exclusive show match with defending champion Sharapova at the Porsche headquarters, treating his fellow WTA co-workers with words of wisdom and selfies alike — just ask Agnieszka Radwanska!
Peak Meets Peak
Speaking of two greats — and to cap of this week’s #FUF — Roger Federer met Spanish ski mountaineer Kilian Jornet this week on his trip to Barcelona. We all know of Federer’s career feats, but Jornet reaches even higher (literally) currently holding the fastest known time for the ascent and descent of Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and Mount McKinley.
Also in Barcelona, Japanese No. 1 Kei Nishikori met figure skating World Champion Javier Fernandez. Fernandez won his first World title last month in Shanghai, and is presently dating Miki Ando, a two-time Olympian from Japan.
What was your favorite social media story of the week? Sound off in the comments!