Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr
With their continued popularity on the court and the ever-rising power of Social Media, Facebook fans 10 million strong for tennis stars Federer & Nadal. In keeping with the one-take format of Facebook, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal post updates on their games, personal comments, bad hair day photos, and travel plans. Federer says he likes to keep it natural and fun rather than posting too much information.
This support from fans builds a relationship that otherwise would not be made available, and with the boon of Social Media sites like Facebook, it gives fans an opportunity to communicate directly with their sports idols. Imagine the confidence boost gained from 10 million fans encouraging you and sending personal notes prior to a major tournament. The mental game of tennis plays a huge role in performance, and the power of mind tennis and Social Media now enters a whole new realm of sports psychology psyching the athlete to perform at peak levels.
Facebook Fans 10 Million Strong for Tennis Stars Federer & Nadal
World No. 3 Roger Federer won his fifth Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this week, but that’s not the only success the Swiss achieved. During the tournament, Federer surpassed 10 million fans on his Facebook page. “I don’t know if the 10 million are on live score or watching my match, but I definitely feel the great support by my followers and social network, [and] how they’re into it,” Federer said in Dubai.
“My website has been up and running since a long time. The fans have been really so supportive of me and [are] always present in the stadium and showing their colors and support.”
Federer revealed his strategy with his account, selectively choosing when he publishes a status update, photo or video. “I try to be as good as I can with information, but I don’t like to post too much sometimes,” said Federer. “I like to do it when I think it’s the right time. So far, there’s not too [many] complaints. I guess you can always give more, but then it eventually maybe gets a bit silly if you post too much stuff.”
Added the 30 year old, “I try to do what I feel is natural, and so far it’s been fun. It’s got to be fun for me and not a must otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.” (Original story here)
Facebook fans 10 million strong for tennis stars Federer & Nadal and being that striving for focus and confidence play a major part in pre-game preparation, the “likes” and “shares” from millions of people is a powerful mental game tool. Social Media platforms such as Facebook create a solid follower base and with fans totaling in the millions, there’s psychological and positive mental attributes there for the taking.