In a world where it didn't really happen if it didn't make social media, fans have more access than ever to elements of their favorite players' lives. Here's what went on this week on The Social Net:
G.E.M.S. 'This or That'
Strict quarantine rules are back, and so are TikToks from tennis players. Elina Svitolina made a (distanced) This-or-That Challenge video with Gael Monfils, turning the partner trend into a laptop-throwing activity you probably won't want to try at home:
Practice time in Australia is limited too, and Daria Kasatkina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova found a TikTok workaround to that as well—though it's unclear how beneficial this kind of training will prove in tournament play:
@daryakasatkina ♬ Eye of the Tiger - From "Rocky" - Rock Guitar Version Originally Performed by Survivor - Msmd
Powerful Ground Game
January is the time of year when players are often at their most competition-ready, and Serena Williams' daughter, Olympia, seems to be no exception, looking fiercer every time she takes the court:
At the Antalya Open, Alex de Minaur captured his first trophy of the season, and it was an Insta-worthy one, despite its non-traditional shape and colors.
"That looks exactly like my fruit bowl at home," Paul Annacone said on Tennis Channel Live.
Naomi Osaka reached a new level of influence this week by becoming a Louis Vuitton House Ambassador. The move's announcement itself, though, prompted another A-list association for Osaka:
If she wants me to move in she should just say that ????❤️ pic.twitter.com/bMAdeCuOkY— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) January 12, 2021
That's it for this edition of The Social Net, stay tuned for more to come next week.