In this day and age, almost everybody uses the web. Twitter is at the heart of the web for many people, with tennis players being no exception. Here I take a look at who is the most followed of the players that use the site and a couple of interesting stories involving the site.
Below is a table of a top ten of the most followed players, see how it matches up against their actual ATP ranking (rankings as of 30/6/13).Dustin Brown, the Jamaican-German and world number 189, who could have represented Great Britain, is the first tennis player to wear his Twitter username (@DreddyTennis) on his shirt during a match (below). Is he starting a new trend?
He recently caused a huge upset by beating 2002 SW19 champion Lleyton Hewitt in the second round of Wimbledon but then crashed out in the third round of the event.
Sergiy Stakhovsky, the conqueror of Roger Federer earlier this week, isn’t just known for his amazing Centre Court victory. Back at the French Open, during a match with Richard Gasquet on Court Suzanne Lenglen, he hit a shot that landed right along the line. The ball was ruled out in spite of Stakhovsky’s protests. So convinced that the umpire and line judges were wrong, he put down his racquet, got out his phone and took a photograph – that subsequently was tweeted by the Ukrainian (see the tweet below).
Well..here what you asked for … pic.twitter.com/I5H6WB3tHx
— Sergiy Stakhovsky (@Stako_tennis) May 27, 2013
He appeared to be right. Hawk-eye at Roland Garros anyone?
– Nathan Morley