As we all in the US continue our slow digestion of the many lovely treats from Thanksgiving dinner, I thought it would be interesting to see what tennis players had to say during this very American holiday. Our Changeover Twitter account follows many pros, so here is a chronological look at what they decided to share with us on Thanksgiving Day:
Wishing everyone good day from SochiЖелаю всем прекрасного настроения и хорошего дня из СочиУ нас сейчас вот так☺ twitter.com/EVesnina001/st…
— Elena Vesnina (@EVesnina001) November 22, 2012
OK, Vesnina didn’t really wish anybody a happy Thanksgiving, and that idyllic photo does not say “Thanksgiving” in any way, but I do think her subconscious knew it was a good idea to wish people well on November 22nd.
How cool is this….Shingo Kunieda brought his Gold Medal.I am already excited about the next Olympics in Rio, Brazil. fb.me/wpjFT0rr
— Kei Nishikori (@keinishikori) November 22, 2012
When I read this, I had no idea who Shingo Kunieda was. Wikipedia to the rescue! Turns out, Kuneida is a very impressive Japenese wheelchair tennis player, who brought his most recent gold medal from the Paralympic games to show to Nishikori. Here’s the pic:
And that’s a really neat picture, with a very goofy pose by Nishikori.
Our first “Happy Thanksgiving” comes from…the Birmingham WTA tournament. Glad they broke out the mad Photoshop skillz for the tweet.
— AEGON Classic (@AEGONClassic) November 22, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving to all.. Gonna miss dinner but send me some pictures of the turkey avec cranberry 🙂
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) November 22, 2012
Mahesh Bupathi = cranberry hater.
Seguimos entrenando en pista! Hoy con Tomeu Salva Vidal. Paso a paso voy adaptándome.We’re continuing practice… fb.me/LPi9ZSSH
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) November 22, 2012
Rafael Nadal makes an appearance – letting us know that he’s adapting himself to the court. He also drops a funny picture of his hitting partner, who seems to be thinking “Awkkkkkwaaaardddd” as Nadal and Uncle Toni engage in some sort of tense debate:
Martina Navratilova was up early somewhere:
Happy thanksgiving everyone- before eating too much, go outside and get some exercise, walk your dog, throw a football or something:)
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) November 22, 2012
Good advice from one of tennis’ GOATs. Sadly, I didn’t follow any of it. The most I “exercised” on Thanksgiving was the half hour I spent carving the turkey after everyone was done eating. Martina would not be impressed. Oh wait – I played a lot of Mario Kart. Does that count?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
— Jarmila Gajdosova (@Jarka_Tennis) November 22, 2012
Same to you, Gajdosova. She was watching the football later, and is apparently a Cowboys fan. Not a good choice.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my US fans!! Have a great time with your family and close friends
— Sabine Lisicki (@sabinelisicki) November 22, 2012
All the way from Germany! Nice touch, Lisicki.
Lisa Raymond, hashtagging like a seasoned Twitter pro:
Happy Turkey Day everyone! So much to be thankful for… #dietstartstomorrow
— Lisa Raymond (@lisaraymond73) November 22, 2012
Ayer compartí un hermoso dia con mi amigo Franco, la pasamos increíble. Miren que bien le queda mi ropa. Un genio!! on.fb.me/Y6crem
— juan del potro(@delpotrojuan) November 22, 2012
Translation: “Yesterday I shared a beautiful day with my friend Franco, we had an amazing time. Look how well my clothes fit him! He’s a genius!!”
When I read this tweet, I had no idea what DelPo was talking about. Who is Franco? Why is Franco wearing DelPo’s clothes? Well, here are our answers:
A picture says more than a thousand words, no? DelPo: the giant with a ton of feelings.
— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) November 22, 2012
At the other end of the DelPo spectrum…
Yesterday ,I did a photo shoot for Christmas edition of an unnamed newspaper, and today, I amflying out – destinatio… say.ly/Tbt4Dis
— Dominika Cibulkova (@Cibulkova) November 22, 2012
Here’s the picture she’s linking to:
The full text of the “tweet” is: Yesterday ,I did a photo shoot for Christmas edition of an unnamed newspaper, and today, I am flying out – destination Florida. Let the hard training begin.
There you go. Good for you, Cibulkova. Also, she might be one of the only tennis players on Whosay. Weird.
What would Thanksgiving be without one of Gael Monfils’ weird tweets?
— Gael Monfils (@Gael_Monfils) November 22, 2012
Notice from the time stamp that it apparently took Monfils 5 minutes to get that tweet in. Anyway…
Update: Good news – finished my half-marathon. Official time should be just under 1:40. Bad news: got passed by a mom with a stroller.
— Amer Delic (@AmerDelic) November 22, 2012
You can’t win them all, Delic.
Man, the pros seem to have picked Thanksgiving to have some sort of competition of who tweets the cutest picture:
— Heather Watson (@HeatherWatson92) November 22, 2012
I still think DelPo wins. But kudos, Watson.
Happy Thanksgiving all you Yanks! Food babies and food comas are welcome today.
— Vania King (@queen_v21) November 22, 2012
Someone is going to have to explain to me what a “food baby” is.
This might not be a food baby, but a baby it is:
Getting my baby cousin into tennis early 🙂 twitter.com/ChristinaMcHal…
— Christina McHale (@ChristinaMcHale) November 22, 2012
Christina McHale: tennis activist.
Finally, the Charles Barkley of tennis appears:
This is all that really matters. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!on.fb.me/Ut0Gd2
— Boris Becker (@Becker_Boris) November 22, 2012
Apparently, Boris Becker and Billie Jean King share a birthday, and it was on Thanksgiving this year. Here’s the link to the video Boris was linking to. Weird lighting, but cute, nonetheless. Kudos, Boris.
Heute zu Kiels Sportlerin des Jahres gekürt worden. Vielen Dank an alle, die gevotet haben. Das bedeutet mir sehr viel!
— Angelique Kerber (@AngeliqueKerber) November 22, 2012
Kerber apparently won German sportswoman of the year, and she’s quite thankful to everybody who voted for her. Appropriate.
I’m thankful for the fans,friends and opportunities tennis gave me! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
— Alla Kudryavtseva(@AllaK11) November 22, 2012
A very heartfelt message from Kudryavtseva, who lest we forget, is Russian and lives in Moscow. I’ve always insisted that Thanksgiving, without the historical context, could very well become a global thing. Who doesn’t like to get together with family to share a meal and be thankful for the good things in life? Also – there’s pie. Lots of pie.
The cute picture competition continues:
— Gustavo Kuerten (@gugakuerten) November 22, 2012
As the afternoon starts in the Eastern part of the US, the food tweets start popping up:
— Bethanie MattekSands (@BMATTEK) November 22, 2012
Mmmmmmm….homemade butternut squash soup with spiced apple cider. That sounds pretty great to me.
happy thanksgiving everyone!!! #TeamVika
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) November 22, 2012
Exercise— if it doesn’t kill ya, it will cure ya. Just had my workout— now back to the kitchen. Happy turkey day to all.
— Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) November 22, 2012
Another tennis great with very sound…advice?
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) November 22, 2012
That’s a whole lot of hashtags, Azarenka. I wag my finger in your general direction.
More food tweets! From…the UK?
— Laura Robson (@laurarobson5) November 22, 2012
That’s a nice spread. Particularly the pies. Mmmmmm….pie.
— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) November 22, 2012
I’m pretty sure there’s a small fortune in that oven. Also…Kobe steaks for Thanksgiving? Andre Agassi: going over the top since 1988.
Happy Birthday Mom! Love you twitter.com/sloanetweets/s…
— Sloane Stephens (@sloanetweets) November 22, 2012
Someone else shares a birthday with Boris and Billie Jean King!
Pumpkin pie >
— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) November 23, 2012
This tweet >
— Laura Robson (@laurarobson5) November 23, 2012
Yep, a natural consequence of the earlier tweet from Robson.
Eating the Worlds smallest Omelet.. twitter.com/Maheshbhupathi…
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) November 23, 2012
That’s the saddest food tweet of the day. I feel bad for Bupathi, who surely had to pay a large amount of money for that microscopic omelet.
— CoCo Vandeweghe (@CoCoVandey) November 23, 2012
Either the Vandeweghes are a large family, or they bought a very small turkey. Still, I agree with the spirit of the tweet.
Thanks for all the wonderful birthday messages. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJKing) November 23, 2012
Happy birthday, indeed.
The cute pictures keep coming:
My sweetheart niece, Siena, at Thanksgiving dinner. She is so sweet… twitter.com/ChrissieEvert/…
— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) November 23, 2012
I admit it– I married a great cook. That’s not all— but I will leave it at that. My turn for the dishes.
— Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) November 23, 2012
Here’s hoping that everybody had a fun Thanksgiving! Or at least an interesting November 22nd.