The Most Media-Savvy Stars in Tennis Today
With the game of tennis constantly evolving with technology, there is more depth to the top players than just their tennis skills.
And with their fanbases growing exponentially, they need to be able to connect with them in order to preserve their images as role models and icons.
The top stars in tennis are always great to see on the court and in interviews, but it is what they do and say off the court that can be of particular interest. Perhaps this is because it shows their true personalities.
Here is a list of the most media-savvy tennis stars in the game today.
Maria Sharapova is certainly a well-known athlete all over the world.
She is one of the most winningest players in the women's game and always tries to have fun in interviews and off the court.
The top-ranked Russian is fairly active on media sites, such as Twitter, where she posts quite frequently.
She uploads a lot of photos of special ceremonies, events and her newest outfits for the court.
Sharapova must be the most active tennis player on social media, so she is one to follow online.
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The feisty champion is not afraid to be in the spotlight in the offseason and makes sure to make an impression.
She is one of the most frequent posters on Instagram, and many interesting pictures of her practice sessions and travels are documented on there.
She can also be found on Twitter and Facebook posting about her personal life, including stories and quotes about her boyfriend, Redfoo.
Sloane Stephens is a newcomer on the tour but is already seeing much success in the major tournaments given her age and relative inexperience.
She has a very vibrant personality and likes to show her skill and smile for the cameras.
Here is a link to her Instagram, where she uploads pretty interesting and colorful images.
The young American also has an athlete page on Facebook, as well as a personal page (and the writer of this very article may or may not be friends with her on that platform).
She is definitely someone worth following, as she knows how to use media platforms quite masterfully.
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Laura Robson is not a definite star just yet, though she has been making waves with her recent success on various stages.
The crafty lefty, representing Great Britain, is still young and has much time to develop as a player.
However, her photography and video skills are an area of her life that certainly seem to be close to perfect.
On her Instagram account, she posts artistic visuals and is sure to capture stunning video for the media-hungry fans.
So, looking at her works of art thus far, it is safe to say she is close to being a professional director with visuals.
Janko Tipsarevic is a very vibrant character, as is Novak Djokovic—his Serbian teammate and great friend.
Tipsarevic was briefly in the top 10 last year, and though he thoroughly deserved it, he has slipped up quite a bit since then.
Nevertheless, his results off the court are probably the best as far as technology and media are concerned.
He posts pictures and other fun stuff on Instagram almost daily, and he is gaining many fans from those types of online sites and platforms.
He is also incredibly comical, so follow him for a good laugh.
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Novak Djokovic, the world's No. 1 player, is no stranger to having fun both on and off the court.
Dancing with ball boys, playing tennis against fans and playing pranks on interviewers are the norm for the Serb. He can be found frequently tweeting and uploading amusing pictures for fans and onlookers.
One can tell he has a great deal of fun on the practice court, as exemplified by his uploads on Twitter.
He has definitely stayed true to his fanbase over the years, and his recent successes and improvements have not affected his social media goals.
Andy Murray was never known to be a very vibrant personality, but perhaps working with Ivan Lendl and winning majors has changed that up a bit.
He posts nearly just as often as Novak on Twitter and always has something fun to say.
Surprisingly enough, he has almost as many followers as Nole, so that might be an off-court rivalry that not too many people know or talk about.
Muzzard puts up videos, cool music, his hobbies and pictures of what his off-days are like, so I recommend checking out his media posts.
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Roger Federer is a superstar in the game of tennis, but he's probably the most followed off the court due to his time spent in the sport and overall mass appeal.
While Roger Federer usually has a team to post his information for him, he makes sure to approve them and even stars in a few pictures and videos for his fans all over the world.
The Swiss Maestro recently joined the Twitter conversation and has already amassed over half of a million followers over there.
He also has over 13 million likes on Facebook and makes sure to upload pictures and interesting quotes on that account.
Rafa Nadal is not far behind with nearly 12 million Facebook likes, but his posts are a bit more infrequent (though they are usually in multiple languages for his many fans on Facebook and Twitter).