MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2014
Berdych Tweeting Up A Storm
by Kate Flory|
One bored tennis player can make for quality tweeting. Since joining the Twitterverse 11 months ago, Tomas Berdych has shown fans a whole new side to his personality and the Czech’s popularity has earned him 85,000 followers.
ATPWorldTour.com caught up with Berdych at this week’s Mutua Madrid Open to discuss his one-year anniversary and his Top 5 Twitter Rankings.
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How did you get started on Twitter?
It's been nearly a year. I remember it was when I had lost in Paris, was home, quite bored and looking for something to do. Yes, let's bring up a nice one-year anniversary.
It's a way to try and show people something else, besides the tennis. All they can see is me on the tennis court, hitting the ball, and I can see it's quite boring. We have a life outside of tennis and I want to share it with them.
Any special plans for the one-year anniversary?
I better start thinking about it. Honestly, the best tweets are the spontaneous ones. I might prepare something, but will make fun of it.
Tell us about your comic-strip tweets.
I use an app [for the cartoons]; it's very simple. You get the picture and have two or three screens when you can add the speech bubbles or captions to make it like a comic. I like it quite a lot. I always try to bring up something different.
Who do you like to follow on Twitter?
I try to read all my feed to catch up on the news. I really like Brad Gilbert, especially, with those comments. I think it's really interesting for the fans. When you have a former player commenting on what's going on in tennis, I think that's best. It's really nice and interesting information.
Rank the Top 5 ATP World Tour players on Twitter.
I can’t rank myself, but of course I’d be in there. Let me think…
1. Ivo Karlovic - very funny, he can do really good tweets too.
2. John Isner - he's more American college, basketball-stuff, but let's put him there.
3. Roger Federer – very classy.
4. Stanislas Wawrinka
5. Sergiy Stakhovsky