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Daria Saville trolls bettors, fellow players with hilarious TikToks in Madrid
The popular Aussie unleashed her inimitably barbarous humor on the court and off, chronicling her Caja Magica adventure for fans on social media.
Published Apr 28, 2022
Daria Saville (née Gavrilova) made the most of what was ultimately a short stay at the Mutua Madrid Open, where she endured a three-set defeat to Istanbul Cup champion Anastasia Potapova in qualifying.
The inimitable Aussie has long combined her on-court talent with savvy social media strategy, and took to her popular TikTok—which boasts just under one million followers—to document the highs and lows of her week in Madrid, first to troll practice partner Jessica Pegula and later disgruntled bettors.
Circling two marks in practice, Saville polled viewers and onlookers like Maria Sakkari on whether Pegula’s shots had caught the line.
“It was my shot, so it’s in,” retorts Pegula to laughter from Saville.
Following her defeat to Potapova, she took a more darkly comic look into the abusive messages players often face in their inbox after a loss on which others have bet.
“I agree with you, Tom,” she says over screenshots of the messages. “The slice was not on today. I’m going to work on it tomorrow.”
The former world No. 20 is nonetheless in the midst of a resurgence after returning from a 2021 surgery on her Achilles tendon, reaching the fourth round and quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open, respectively.
Now 28, Saville will likely next head to the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, where she made the semifinals back in 2015. Expect more incisive commentary—and primo footage of her dachshund, Tofu—on her road to Roland Garros.