ATP WORLD TOUR SEASON REVIEW
Best of Social Media in 2013
Best Of 2013
by Josh Meiseles|
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.
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 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.
2013 TWITTER IN REVIEW@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
Just experienced my first earthquake here in Indian Wells! 5.1 on the Richter scale apparently.
No, Pierre. Be nice. This trophy is here to stay! say.ly/aTC5E5j
It s our ride to Rome! @andy_murray massive gentleman. I will get you back one day... pic.twitter.com/yF4CG71sQK
Yeeeaaahhhh, I am so happy winning the title in Halle. Thanks for all your support pic.twitter.com/5OpYowsCjr
Amazing night with so many greats of the game of Tennis at the @ATPWorldTour evening here in New York. pic.twitter.com/nBvlQYTLJA
2013 YEAR-END ATP WORLD TOUR TWITTER FOLLOWER RANKINGS
|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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