Monday's Daily Dose of Social Media featuring Sinner-Kalinskaya, Nadal-Stiller, Tsitsidosa and ASMR

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 at 01:25
In our Daily Dose of Social Media, we look back at some of the best moments and those you might've missed from Monday 27 May featuring Rafael Nadal's likely farewell as well as tennis power couples.
With Roland Garros continuing, we showcase the moments in our Daily Dose of Social Media that dominated the news and also slipped under the radar.

Ben Stiller throws his support behind Rafael Nadal

Tommy Paul got the support of Matthew McConaughey but perhaps given his status as one of the greatest players that tennis has ever seen, Rafael Nadal slightly trumped that.
He got Ben Stiller's support as one of the leading celebrities throwing their support behind him and also watching his defeat to Alexander Zverev. It wasn't only those though with Novak Djokovic, Iga Swiatek, Carlos Alcaraz and Stan Wawrinka all in the stadium watching him.
Bringing together some of the biggest names from different worlds, Nadal certainly was shown some love on Monday even in defeat.

Sinner plays reverse uno card and watches new girlfriend Kalinskaya

Those shipping the new relationship between Jannik Sinner and Anna Kalinskaya got all the meat on the bones in one morning as the Russian who has been rumoured to be dating the World No.1 elect was spotted watching him defeat Christopher Eubanks this morning.
Jannik Sinner who is fairly quiet when it comes to his personal life put the rumour mill to bed and confirmed them after being asked about Kalinskaya. He said that she is his new girlfriend. Albeit he was still in covert mode it seems as if he didn't tell the world that he was dating the 25-year-old.
He was spotted in her box as she narrowly defeated Clara Burel to set up a clash with her good friend Bianca Andreescu. Less in plain sight than Kalinskaya, their budding new relationship begins and they are certainly throwing support each others way.

Tsitsidosa finally set to play Grand Slam mixed doubles

Anna Kalinskaya and Jannik Sinner won't follow the route of Boulter and De Minaur as well as now Stefanos Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa of playing mixed doubles...yet.
Tsitsipas and Badosa have been nearly a year in the making in playing mixed doubles. He hilariously quipped at Wimbledon last year true relief at not playing it. They finally teamed up at the World Tennis Lague, but their breakup potentially put that on ice. Albeit with their swift getting back together, so to comes the mixed doubles.
He said 'thank god' last year during Wimbledon after Badosa's injury prevented them playing in it. “Mixed [doubles] is not a thing anymore, thank God. I prefer to live,” he said in his post-match press conference. "It never crossed my mind that I would be doing all three in a single event, but I also see it from the bright side. You like tennis so much, you want to be in these Slams for as long as possible."
But it is a slight u-turn from the Australian Open. “It’s a difficult decision because I really want to play with her. But my main priority is singles and it’s important to economize my energy during these hopefully deep runs. I am already committed to playing doubles with my brother [Petros]. So three events would be too demanding,” Tsitsipas said.

Nadal has accolades read out in the ultimate introduction

Rafael Nadal truly was the star of the show on Monday and it began when he came onto the court on Philippe Chatrier. After a rapturous walk onto the court, the theatrics continued into his introduction.
Yes an introduction as they read out how many times he'd won the title in French. A truly 'impossible' feat as Boris Becker dubbed it and even in defeat, the Spaniard stole all the headlines.
Very understated as ever, he didn't change his expression as the numbers continued to rise.

ASMRG as players join social trend

For those wanting ASMR read by their favourite tennis players, Roland Garros have the answer in a pretty hilarious social media clip by the French Open admin.
They had Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Carlos Alcaraz and Coco Gauff among others reading out French while being close to the microphone and touching items in the microphone.
But in certain cases such as Caroline Garcia, she couldn't hold her composure and just burst out laughing.

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