Today at the French Open, Feliciano “It’s All in the Hair” Lopez finished off countryman Marcel Granollers to advance to the second round. It only took him five sets and two days, so it was about as straightforward as you’d expect.
Somehow I ended up on his Instagram page, and that’s when I realized I was in the presence of greatness. I’d spent so much time focusing on Fernando Verdasco’s social media prowess that I completely let Feliciano Lopez slide through the cracks.
I’m here to apologize and to make that up to you all. Here are my favorite things about Feli’s Instagram:
1. He waits.
2. He has photo shoots with dolphins.
(The expressions of the guys behind him are KILLING me.)
3. He has photo shoots with friends.
(I don’t think the mafia dressed like that.)
4. He loves inspirational quotes.
(I don’t get it.)
5. Good morning!
(This is when I point out that he’s 31 years old.)
6. He reminisces.
(They look so happy.)
7. This happened.
(I don’t know what to say.)
8. Also, this.
(I hope his girlfriend made it.)
9. Speaking of his girlfriend …
10. He plays golf in the cold.
(What is he wearing.)
11. He posts collages. Of himself and hearts and sunsets.
12. This is like, the only picture he posted from the tennis courts.
(Never let go!)
13. And, the obligatory #LittleFeli.
(The pout is the same.)
Isn’t he wonderful?
Seriously though, as amusing as I find Feliciano Lopez on social media and in general, I absolutely love to watch him play tennis. He is so aggressive and powerful, and his game really stands out amongst his baseline-bashing generation.
I mean, he served and volleyed on clay in his first round match. A lot. It was awesome. (If perhaps ill-advised.)
Somewhat related, the Spaniard has lost in the first round of the French Open eight out of the last nine years (!) and hasn’t made it past the second round since 2004. He faces Sousa in the second round this year, so he has a great shot to end that terrible streak.
I hope he does!
PS: This is my favorite Feli moment of all time: