Australian Open: The 10 Trendiest Tennis Players on Twitter
Court records aren’t the only shots tennis players have to think about — their social media stats are now being tracked too. Through a partnership with IBM, the Australian Open has launched a “Social Leaderboard,” which ranks players using tweets. The board tracks Twitter to see which players are generating buzz. A tweet’s sentiment — positive or negative — is analyzed as well, and forms another aspect of a player’s ranking. There are a number of ways to examine the results, including sorting for daily results or by sentiment.
For a complete picture of what has been tweeted so far at the first Grand Slam of the year, here are the top 10 players overall, ranked by number of tweets.
10. Victoria Azarenka
The number 2 player in women’s tennis made it into the top 10 of the social leaderboard with over 78,000 tweets. Her Australian Open run ended in the quarterfinals when she was upset by Agnieszka Radwanska: 1-6, 7-5, 0-6. Throughout the event, Azarenka received a largely positive response on Twitter, with 68 percent of the Tweets about her being favorable.