2014 Gratitude List – Twitter Meet-ups

As I focus on mundane and tedious things like lining up a new job for 2015, I’m feeling especially grateful for the elements that made my tennis travels extra special this year. Twitter has been a godsend for my tennis obsession. My timeline serves as a saucy companion during early morning or late night matches.

I’m not shy about meeting new people in the tennis twitter-verse, because these meetings have usually been a good time. Yes, occasionally there are some who think that a high twitter follower count means they can put on airs or that being a “professional writer” means they can’t stop for a chat and a drink. Nonetheless, regardless of who they support in tennis land (Federer, Rafa, Djokovic, Murray or even Grigor), my twitter meet-ups have made my time on the road a lot more fun. Here are some of the folks who made 2014 tennis travel a bit more special:

 

The always supportive @shackles52
The always supportive @shackles52 and I met up in Philadelphia in January

Though we had crossed paths at the US Open a few years earlier, we never had a chance to sit down and chat about our mutual obsession for all things tennis. It was like meeting an old friend! We enjoyed it so much that we met again post US Open.

Good food and tennis chatter is always a good thing.
Good food and tennis chatter is always a good thing.

Indian Wells was a last minute add-on to my schedule, but I was determined to show that it could be done for a few days without blowing my budget. With a bit of help from Airbnb, @katvalentin and I managed to make a two-day escape to see great tennis at Indian Wells. We also met @majorfedfan.

@majorfedfan, myself, and @katvalentin
@majorfedfan, myself, and @katvalentin

We didn’t fare too badly in our watching as we got to check out some Swiss guys vs ATP heartthrobs in doubles.

Federinka doubles IW
Mighty doubles at Indian Wells: Federinka vs Paes/Steps

The spring brought another opportunity for a meet-up that wasn’t even associated with a tournament. @thesportbird and I decided to take an awesome road trip to the Northwest. While in Portland, we tweeted about our visit and @ServeAndFolly said she’d love to meet. What followed was a nice tour of Adidas and a good bit of shopping.

Don't you love her integration of Federer in the red sneaks?
Don’t you love her integration of Federer in the red sneaks?

In the vein of ‘hey we are in your city, why don’t we meet,” my sister and I got a chance to experience our fantasy of driving a convertible in California when we explored the Venice canals and Marina del Rey with @svenja_mastro.

Sunshine, a convertible and palm trees were on order.
Sunshine, a convertible and palm trees were on order.

The US Open was about wilting in the heat for the top guys and a few ladies but that didn’t mean it wasn’t a good time. Some of the meet-ups were with camera shy folks but these two ladies made for some fun chatter amidst the tennis.

Ladies in Blue at USO
We didn’t plan the outfits, I swear.
We might have enjoyed that Sharapova night match too much.
We might have enjoyed that Sharapova night match too much.

My trip to London was mostly about family time but I did manage to get to the World Tour Finals (WTF) for a few days. These two ladies and I met over burgers during the pause between the day and night session of WTF in 2010 and have made it a point to see each other every year. It’s one of the selfish reasons why I hope WTF stays in London.

WTF Ladies
By now we have sampled most of the food spots.

Thanks to Ahmed, I didn’t miss out on this gorgeous view in London.

What a sight on raining London night.
What a sight on a rainy London night

Finally, the meet-up of all meet-ups was definitely Swiss-based. I got a chance to explore Zurich and see the Swiss end the tennis year by winning Davis Cup.

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Davis Cup Twitter Buds
Best twitter friends meet-up moment EVER!

(Special shout out to: @rfsatar for popping into Starbucks for a quick drink in London; @realztenisfanz for watching a few matches with me at the US Open; @StephintheUS for her hospitality that last night in Miami and @swisskale for the chat at our lovely B&B in Basel)

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