Changing things up for this week’s Friday Five! This week we’re looking at our favorite tennis players. If there is anything we like more than music, it’s tennis. We’ve previously discussed how tennis is the ultimate fangirl sport. Not only are these athletes extremely fit and excellent at what they do, but it seems like there is a requirement to be good looking to play in the ATP tournaments.
1. Grigor Dimitrov – @grigordimitrov
We like to call Grigor our “Bulgarian bon-bon” (sort of like Viktor Krum to Hermione Granger). It’s not surprising that his nickname is “baby Fed” because of his skill and precision during the game. Dimitrov’s one handed back hand is something to envy, as well! He isn’t just good at tennis, he’s also really entertaining on Twitter. Grigor likes to share adorable photos of himself with puppies, enjoying the flowers, as well as this gem:
2. Richard Gasquet – @richardgasquet1
Here is another player with a really beautiful backhand (yes, backhand…..that’s all we’re implying….no innuendos here!!) Gasquet is French and plays the sport with an elegant flair. Simply put, he’s just a beautiful player to watch. When he gets frustrated, he throws his sweaty socks on the court because he can. (At least he’s not smashing racquets?) Sadly he doesn’t use Instagram as much as Dimitrov.
3. Rafa Nadal – @rafaelnadal
“For me, it will be a tough match for sure, no?” Rafa is so humble about his game, even in first round matches where he is sure to bagel his opponents. Rafa always fights his hardest and plays like it’s the final of a grand slam. He also gives the best acceptance speeches and press conferences, for sure. And then there’s that Armani commercial where he just takes off his suit and puts on some jeans, because why not, no?
4. Ryan Harrison – @ryanharrison92
This kid is the next Andy Roddick, at least we think he has the potential! He needs to bring Andy back to be his coach (but it seems like Ryan is taking cues from Andy already). It also kind of freaks us out how much Harrison looks like Ryan Atwood from The O.C., or as We like to call him, Chino. Can you tell who’s who?
5. John Isner – @johnisner
JOOHNNYYYY!!! At nearly 6’10”, we love that he plays tennis and didn’t go into basketball. John is super loveable and watching him play is always a joy, even during stressful tie-breakers. Which he tends to play. A lot. During on court interviews, he literally dwarfs any other player and interviewer. We love when he teams up with fellow American & BFF Sam Querrey for doubles! Go Quisner!
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