ATP PLAYER NEWS
Federer, Nadal Approaching 10m Facebook Fans
by ATP Staff|
John McEnroe recently declared tennis is going through an "incredible time" and the popularity of two of the world’s Top 3 players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, continues to be among the highest of athletes on Facebook.
Both players are fast approaching 10 million fans on their individual Facebook pages, with 16-time Grand Slam champion Federer passing 9.7m and 10-time major winner Nadal following close behind with 9.5m fans. Both have some work to do, though, if they are to catch up with Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who is on the verge if reaching a staggering 40m fans.
It's not just the players who are excelling. Facebook.com/ATPWorldTour passed 800,000 fans on 6 February and is looking to break the 1m mark soon. Are you an ATP World Tour Facebook Fan?
Federer is currently updating fans on his preparations for Switzerland’s upcoming Davis Cup tie with the United States, sharing a photo on Sunday from his practice session on a clay court. Nadal, meanwhile, demonstrated a challenging training drill by posting a photo of himself running backwards on a treadmill on Tuesday.
Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, who holds the World Record over distances of 100m and 200m, cannot compete with the popularity of Federer and Nadal, having just passed six million fans. The Olympic champion recently asked his Facebook fans for their thoughts on Novak Djokovic’s impersonation of his "lightning bolt" celebration at the Laureus World Sport Awards. Golfer Tiger Woods trails further behind, with 2.2m fans.
NBA star Kobe Bryant is marginally ahead of Federer and Nadal, with just over 11m fans, while David Beckham is nearing 16m fans.