We’ve nearly made it people! Your social media rundown is here just before the curtain calls at the French Open. With the women’s final squaring World No. 1 and two-time French Open champion, Serena Williams, against Czech leftie, Lucie Safarova — debuting in her first slam final after an absolute dream run — we’ve collated some of the best reaction tweets of the week to whet your appetite.
As for the men, we’re in for a treat as Stan Wawrinka awaits either top seed Novak Djokovic or newfound clay maverick, Andy Murray.
So let’s get to it in this week’s Follow Up Friday:
Moore Than Enough
Disclaimer: Tennis Controversy. During Williams’ three-set semifinal against the blistering backhand of Timea Bacsinszky, a certain tour newbie by the name of Tara Moore tweeted a rather controversial comment. Responding to what she perceived to be extraneous on-court dramatics from the American — who has been reportedly been suffering from flu-like symptoms since late in the first week, Moore attempted to clarify her comments following a deluge of fan rebuttal:
Williams was quite visibly ill throughout the match, coughing into her towel on the changeover, lethargically walking between points and screaming to the heavens with a snotty cry. The American canceled her post-match press on Wednesday and is presently resting at home in anticipation of her second French Open final in three years.
Adding some spice to the proceedings was fellow brit, Laura Robson — currently sidelined from the tour with a wrist injury — who lashed out at her colleague for voicing her opinions so publicly.
But wait! There was another flame in the fire thanks to Aussie up-and-comer, Luke Saville.
Dethroned: Au Revoir Clay, Hello Grass
Though the tournament might be over for some of the game’s biggest stars, we’ve spotted a fair few of them jetting out of Paris in preparation for the upcoming grass season — and the third slam of the season — at the Wimbledon Championships. The former King and Queen of Roland Garros looked to shake off surprisingly early losses — though Nadal’s quarterfinal bow out to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, and Sharapova’s fourth round loss to eventual finalist Lucie Safarova, don’t seem all that bad in hindsight.
We already know that Nadal will play Queens in the lead-up to Wimbledon, yet there’s no news of Sharapova’s plans as yet. The Russian has played Birmingham several times in the past, and with the extra week between majors, a warm-up week seems all the more feasible in 2015.
Congratulations to Li Na and husband Dennis on the birth of baby girl, Alisa. Could we be in for another Chinese superstar on the WTA Tour — maybe in the next twenty years? Tennis players, commentators and fans alike have all united for this special occasion on social media to send praise to the happy couple.
Here’s our roundup of the best celebrations. Hashtag, LiNaBaby:
The Ultimate Djoker
The latest promotional campaign from car giants, Peugeot featured the familiarly funny joker of the ATP World Tour, Novak Djokovic. The Serb has featured in a fair amount of comical campaigns and this one is no different. Djokovic is seen dressed in traditional Elizabethan gear, fighting for his life against the sporting whiles of a an old-town gentleman.
What’s nice about the World No. 1 is his ability to laugh at himself, whether he’s in on the joke or not — and usually, he is. We’ve witnessed the ad and now it’s your turn, join in the twitter debate as the reactions have been rife!
And here’s a little throwback to some of Nole’s most hilarious moments, like the infamous Head commercial with Maria Sharapova, and those nipple tassels…
WTA Reactions: The Best of RG
Where would we be without the utter delights of @WTAreactions over the past two weeks? Though the account is fairly new, it’s already garnered a firm social media following. Each day, it captures hilarious moments on court and behind-the-scenes, propelling them into the twittersphere for us to enjoy.
The French Open coverage has been particularly special as we’ve witnessed a sensational amount of arguments, celebrations and out-and-out tennis drama from the WTA. In ode, we’ve complied a ‘best of’ edit for everyone to revisit once the final curtain calls in Paris on Sunday.
What have been your favorite social media stories this week? Sound off in the comments!