The French Open: Tennis on Twitter and The King of Clay

May 24 • Social Media Recommendations, Twitter • 2721 Views

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There may be a few reasons why you’re excited for this weekend.

 

For example, you may have some Memorial Day events lined up. Parades and BBQ, am I right?

 

Or, you might be looking forward to the opportunity of sleeping past 6 a.m., like I am.

 

But maybe—just possibly— it might be because you are a tennis fan, and you know that the annual French Open, also known as Roland Garros, is slated to start on Sunday.

 

#RG14

Source: Roland Garros Pinterest

 

Roland Garros is a major, two-week long tennis tournament held in Paris, France. Its claim to fame is that it is the premier clay-court tennis championship event in the world (Fun fact of the day: Rafael Nadal is known as the The King of Clay, since he is the most successful male player on clay courts). Moreover, it is the second of the annual four Grand Slam tournaments.

 

Last year’s winners: Rafa Nadel & Serena Williams

French Open winners

Source: Roland Garros Facebook 

 

Now, we at wayvs may not be the most die-hard tennis fans, but we do love one thing about this tournament: it’s all over Twitter. It even has its own Twitter chat.

 

What is a Twitter chat, you ask? (Don’t be ashamed, I didn’t know what it was until recently, either.) Please, let me explain. A Twitter chat is basically a big conversation about a certain topic that one can easily follow and participate in. The conversation revolves around one unique hashtag, which makes sure that all the separate tweets about it end up in one place. The hashtag for Roland Garros is #RG14 (No, football fans, not RG3). Some of the best tennis players in the world are participating in the chat and responding to fans—we’re talking Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams-level of good.

 

Check out some of the stuff going on at Roland Garros:

 

 

 

 

So, are you a tennis fan? Do you have Twitter? If the answer to both of those is yes, join in the fun. Follow @rolandgarros on Twitter, or search the hashtag #RG14. If the answer to both of those is no, well, still get on Twitter… you never know, maybe they’ll get Federer to strip next.

 

 

 

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