When one clicks on Garbine Muguruza’s Instagram profile, her bio field simply reads: “Just Fun. Life is too big to play small.”
The content Muguruza shares on the platform certainly lives up to that description, and her IG reels are where the Spaniard truly unleashes mesmerizing merriment. With dancing a centerpiece to Muguruza’s uploads, her last two reels have garnered a combined 3.5 million views.
Muguruza is the first to admit it’s not the full picture of her life, but that she wants followers to see that tennis players are more than serious athletes.
“Instagram is definitely not reality. I want to make that clear because we all have ugly days,” she told Steve Weissman on Tuesday at the Tennis Channel Desk in Charleston, S.C.
“I just like to show my fun side, everybody sees two hours on court where you’re so serious and so concentrated. That doesn’t mean we [don’t] like to have fun and do cool stuff.”
Back in the Palmetto state for the first time since 2013, Muguruza picked up her first Volvo Car Open victory when the No. 6 seed dispatched Magdalena Frech, 6-1, 6-3. The fun Muguruza has shared off the court is clearly trickling over to match days, as the former world No. 1 has "played big" in leading the WTA Tour thus far with 21 wins.
“I am just having fun out there, fighting like crazy every match,” she said. “I’m there every point, every single match. That’s the way to get it.”
Muguruza’s coach, Conchita Martinez, is a two-time former champion at the South Carolina calendar staple. With Martinez set to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall Of Fame in July, after the 2020 ceremony was canceled, will Muguruza make the trip to Newport, R.I.?
“She has to ask me! Garbi come with me. And then I’ll definitely come.”
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