From a loaded weekend of play, here's a sampling of the latest social-media foibles and feats from the tennis elite and observers.
Eugenie Bouchard lost to Andreea Mitu in Montreal, and the Fed Cup account itself sent up the young Romanian's achievement with a pun:
Andrea Petkovic suffered a deciding doubles loss as Germany fell to Russia in Fed Cup semifinal action, but she still summoned a refreshing display of sportsmanship—before summoning a few Deutsch brews to wash away the disappointment.
Petko, in tears, going to each member of the Russian Fed Cup team and hugging them. Class, class and class.— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) April 19, 2015
Lara Arruabarrena's celebration on behalf of her country, Spain, provides perhaps the best image from a weekend of splendid ones:
Timea Bacsinszky certainly did her part in Switzerland's defeat of Poland, including weathering just five games lost between two singles matches against the sisters Radwanska. "TimiBacs" dutifully celebrated the victories:
And there's a point to be made about some players staving off Fed Cup participation these days:
We're worried about DC, but what does it say about Fed Cup that young guns like Bencic, Keys and Stephens decline selections ?— Carole Bouchard (@carole_bouchard) April 17, 2015
Even so, to be fair, Keys had her own plan worked out with USTA officials and, presumably, U.S. Fed Cup captain Mary Jo Fernandez.
Alison Riske couldn't put together a victory alongside Serena Williams in doubles against Italy, but she did take note of the positive response to Saturday's premiere of her "Tennisography" episode:
thank you for the sweet messages about my tennisography! & special thanks to @TennisChannel for making us seem halfway normal— Alison Riske (@Riske4rewards) April 18, 2015
And speaking of the USTA, the roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens is starting to take shape:
Confirmed: Novak Djokovic's lead over Roger Federer of 5,460 points is the largest gap between No. 1 and No. 2 in ATP history.— Jared Pine (@JaredPine) April 19, 2015
Exhibit B to that end:
Novak Djokovic with 10 bagel sets so far in 2015 (9 bagels in all of 2014)— Pete Ziebron (@tennisacumen) April 18, 2015
In case you missed it, Stan Wawrinka and his wife, Ilham, have separated for the second and perhaps final time:
Stan and Ilham Wawrinka have separated After living together for ten years Stan and Ilham Wawrinka have... http://t.co/70aeGwzqeh— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) April 19, 2015
Though he lost quite early by his standards in Monte Carlo, Roger Federer entertained some fans who took in his practice session however they could get it:
Don't look now (okay, do), but Maria Sharapova turned 28 on Sunday ...
... And, in celebrating, she synergized the #wishweweretogether hashtag on social media with beau Grigor Dimitrov.
Masha and Grigor sub-Instagramming. pic.twitter.com/kEFqlaZkKv— Maria Noble (@thedoublebagel) April 19, 2015
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