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Best of Social Media in 2013

Best Of 2013

Berdych© @tomasberdychWorld No. 7 Tomas Berdych made his Twitter debut on 6 June.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic may have dominated on the court in 2013 but it was Twitter newcomers Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych, along with the armchair musings of Andy Murray, that stole the show in the world of social media. Engaging Twitter mavens Stanislas Wawrinka, Fernando Verdasco, Janko Tipsarevic, Ivo Karlovic and Bob Bryan also continued to flex their social media muscles. In a world filled with a multitude of mediums to communicate in the blink of an eye, players have the opportunity to be even more connected with fans and display their personalities.

Today we recap the best of social media from the year that was on the ATP World Tour.

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Federer Becomes Instant Twitter Sensation
On 23 May, Roger Federer made his Twitter debut and it did not take long before the Swiss maestro became hooked, interacting with fans through Q&A’s on multiple occasions. #AskRF would soon become a popular hashtag with Federer conducting impromptu interview sessions. 

Federer Lights up the Twittersphere
Federer Turns Tables on Twitter Fans
Federer Fields Questions in Off-Season #AskRF

Federer also participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session, the day after joining Twitter, in which he discussed everything from pre-match rituals to his five toughest matches. He revealed them to be the 2003 Davis Cup semi-final against Lleyton Hewitt, the final of the 2005 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals against David Nalbandian, his battles with Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick at the 2008 and 2009 Wimbledon finals, and last year’s Olympic semi-final vs. Juan Martin del Potro. When asked if there was one tennis rule he would alter, Federer joked, “A rule that would let ME serve from the service line. Whenever I want. Seems fair to me.”

The tennis community rallied around the late ATP CEO and President Brad Drewett, posting their condolences on Twitter following his passing in May. A similar tribute was made after former South African president Nelson Mandela died earlier this month. Players also submitted their appreciation for the career of recently retired James Blake, taking to Twitter to convey their best wishes for the former World No. 4.


Twitter @andyroddick (Andy Roddick)
I'll save the suspense as far as nadals return this week. If he plays the tournament on clay this week, he rolls to the title

@DjokerNole (Novak Djokovic)
Good day today!Celebrated with Brad Drewett and Roger Federer 40 years of the ATP rankings and rich tennis history.Proud to be part of it!

@MardyFish (Mardy Fish)
Man it's nice to play tennis again. #ihavemissedyou

@rohanbopanna (Rohan Bopanna)

@stanwawrinka (Stanislas Wawrinka)
Yesssss yessss yessss!!!! Really happy with the title!!!!!!!! @PortugalOpen ! 🏆

@JohnIsner (John Isner)
.@rogerfederer surpassing me in followers in 3..2..1..

@kevinanderson18 (Kevin Anderson)
Behind the Pope's chair following a Papal Audience with 80,000+ people in St.Peter's square. Crazy experience

@andy_murray (Andy Murray)
La monf to win rolly g? #allezlamonf

@tomasberdych (Tomas Berdych)
Rafa has new tel. number you should dial 8- 63 62 63

@RafaelNadal (Rafael Nadal)

@JohnIsner (John Isner)
Congrats to @nmahut on his title in Holland! No one deserves it more than him. Well done!

@DreddyTennis (Dustin Brown)
#DidAllThatJustHappen... #CriedLikeALilGirl #ARastsManRunDiWorl #TeamDreddy

@RoscoHutchins (Ross Hutchins)
Was a big day today,met my Oncologist and I am now in remission :) So grateful to fantastic Professor Cunningham and his team @royalmarsden

@andyroddick (Andy Roddick)
Pretty sure @andy_murray might have to change his twitter name to @sirandymurray ......  Well played and deserved!

@gugakuerten (Gustavo Kuerten)
Andy murray making history!!! Wimbledon champion,,, british title after 77 years!!! Well deserved!!! #Congrats

@Bryanbrothers (Mike Bryan)
The art of squeegeeing by Bob Bryan #gettingitdone

@keinishikori (Kei Nishikori)
Just heard from Olli that the exhibition match with John McEnroe in Tokyo in November is confirmed. YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS:):):)

@ivokarlovic (Ivo Karlovic)
Due to the recent increase in John Isner's height, I had to double check mine. And what do you know?!! Your boy is 6'11! #tennismakesyougrow

@TipsarevicJanko (Janko Tipsarevic)
One of my favourite players in the history of tennis retired few days ago.El Ray David this sport will miss you greatly! @nalbandiandavid

@ryanharrison92 (Ryan Harrison)
31 hour travel day, I'm about to own you. Off to Kuala Lumpur

@andy_murray (Andy Murray)
First thing I said when I came round was "did I win?" #somethingsneverchange

@tomasberdych (Tomas Berdych)
Congrats to Milos...He serves from third floor #missile

@rogerfederer (Roger Federer)
What country are you from and choose 3 words that best describe it? #AskedRF
@stanwawrinka (Stanislas Wawrinka)
@rogerfederer Switzerland : Federer, Chocolate, Bank ...

@FerVerdasco (Fernando Verdasco)
Very happy getting the qualification for the London Masters!!! Thanks to my partner @david_marri without him couldn't be possible!

@Bryanbros (Bob Bryan)
Was excited for @DjokerNole's annual Halloween walk out. I predicted Freddie Krueger...instead I got nada. #allbusiness


 Position Player Followers
1 Rafael Nadal (@RafaelNadal) 5.50 million
2 Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) 2.60 million
3 Andy Murray (@andy_murray) 2.28 million
4 Juan Martin del Potro (@delpotrojuan) 1.75 million
5 Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) 1.16 million
6 David Ferrer (@DavidFerrer87) 624,000
7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (@tsonga7) 388,000
8 Gael Monfils (@Gael_Monfils) 343,000
9 Feliciano Lopez (@feliciano_lopez) 283,000
10 Janko Tipsarevic (@TipsarevicJanko) 242,000




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