U.S. Open Tennis Headlines Latest of Digital Sports Desk’s Popular “Diggies” Awards
By TERRY LYONS
FLUSHING MEADOW – It’s been nearly nine whole months since Digital Sports Desk delved into the world of its popular series, the “Diggies.” (Pronounced DIDJJ-EES). With the timing to coincide with the 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament, “Diggies 2019” will feature the must-follow Twitter accounts for the World of Tennis.
To get started, here are a few of the basics:
@usopen – Yes, the United States Tennis Association was smart enough to grab the one and only @usopen twitter account ahead of golf or some other entity. The account is rightfully established as the “official site of the 2019 US Open Tennis Championships – a USTA Event and it’s linked to the official site for the tournament at https://www.usopen.org/index.html – where tennis fans around the world will get their tournament information for the next two weeks. … Be sure to use the #Hashtag of #USOpen in all tweets.
@USTA – The organizers of the US Open and the national federation and governing body for tennis in the USA.
@WTA – Account for Women’s Tennis and the Women’s pro tennis tour.
@ITF_Tennis – Keep an eye on all things “International” with the ITF (Federation) feed.
@BillieJeanKing – If you’re not going to follow the Twitter feed of tennis great and Hall of Famers Billie Jean King, just who’ya gonna follow?
@rodlaver – Because he’s Rod Laver.
@BBCTennis – For a European look at the Open.
@LiveTennis – Ask and you shall receive tennis results, info.
Of course, what would the “Diggies” be without a listing of some of the most popular athletes’ twitter accounts? Here are a few to follow:
@SerenaWilliams – Speaking of “The Greatest,” there’s Serena on the women’s side of the net. Must follow.
@DjokerNole – You’ll want to follow the world’s No. 1, right? he comes complete with his mantra: “Laugh as long as you breathe, love as long as you live!”
@RafaelNadal – Almost the Greatest of All-Time means follow this account.
@Naomi_Osaka_ – Last year’s US Open champion is at the top of out list to be sure to follow as the 2019 tournament unfolds.
@CocoGauff is the “new kid on the block” and is now among the world’s favorites after her impressive showing at Wimbledon. Sponsor @newbalanace has jumped on the opportunity behind this young up & comer and they’re behind #CallMeCoco as the #Hashtag to accompany all Coco-related tweets.
@StanWawrinka – Follow tennis’ version of Stan the Man.
@MariaSharapova – Facing a tough 1st round match-up, Maria Sharapova still has a legion of global fans (8.7M) following her every move.
And, to finish off the 2019 “Diggies of Tennis” are some noteworthy media accounts to follow over the “Fortnight of Flushing Meadows” and they include:
@ChrissieEvert – Mega star of the women’s game and is as good as it gets on TV.
@PHShriver – ESPN tennis analyst and former women’s tennis star Pam Shriver provides insight, perspective and rich/much needed history of the game as she shares her knowledge.
@ChrisMcKendry – Similar to Shriver, Chris McKendry brings it in GrandSlam fashion for the tennis aficionados everywhere.
@DarrenCahill – The former coach is commentating with Chris McKendry and Chrissie Evert.
@SI_Tennis – SI Tennis = good; ESPN Tennis = Bad.
@ChristopherClarey – The highly trusted and equally respected source for tennis of the NYT
@PatrickMcEnroe – Patrick McEnroe is at home at Flushing Meadows and the US Open as anyone, this side of brother John. Follow along.
@WTA_Insider – Is an account worthy of time and space, as it says: “Bringing fans more in-depth news & analysis. Tweets by Director of Stats & Info Kevin Fischer & Senior Writer Courtney Nguyen.”
@tennis – All things tennis, as in Tennis Magazine and the Tennis Channel.
@ATPMediaInfo – A media Info sure from the tour.
@ITFMedia – Is worth a follow, more on Davis Cup and international news, not so much US Open.
@TennisChannel deserves a follow, not only for the US Open but for year-’round tennis coverage.
@jon_wertheim – The exec editor and longtime reporter for Sports Illustrated turned sports and media guy for 60 Minutes and tv guru for Tennis Channel.
@Shmerlsc – Cindy’s own Twitter machine workings.
@NCR_Tennis – Among the growing list of tennis podcasts.
@BillSimons1 – Inside Tennis is well worth a follow and it’s Bill Simons with one “m” not two, as in much, too much.
@CrossCourt1 and Craig Gabriel – will be tweeting some results and insights during the tournament. Gabriel is the self-proclaimed “multi-media-megastar,” so be prepared to be entertained, a la the Gladiator.
@Kfish_WTA – Account for Kevin Fischer, the director of content and publications for the WTA
@meanbarb – Long Island Newsday’s Barbara Barker will be on the beat in her familiar surroundings of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and famed Arthur Ashe Stadium. And, just in case there’s breaking #NBA news, she’ll be on it. (as well as …)
We’ll be adding a few more noteworthy accounts to this feed as the 2019 US Open progresses, so be sure to check back in during the first five days and thereafter. If you have a “very worthy” suggestion, Tweet us up @DigSportsDesk and @terrylyons – and we’d appreciate the follows, too.