Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic fans on social media have one thing in common — their respective fandoms on Twitter that have helped them cope when their favorites lost and joined them in jubilation when they won. Thanks to Elon Musk’s recent meltdown, however, those communities are at risk of being taken away from them, leading to all those fans coping in their own idiosyncratic ways.
Amid reports that Twitter could be heading for a certain blackout over the weekend after Musk initiated the latest round of layoffs, tennis fans on the site came together to share their funniest jokes and fondest memories of their time spent on Twitter so far.
One fan pointed out how “Tennis Twitter” was at its finest during the Australian Open earlier this year, when Djokovic’s visa saga gave birth to a host of memes and jokes. Recalling how everyone became immigration law experts overnight in light of the Serb’s deportation, they wrote:
“I just need you to understand that Tennis Twitter was at its finest when we were all Australian immigration law experts.”
Another user brought up Nadal’s 2022 season coming to an end just a day earlier, wondering if it was really a coincidence that Twitter was going down as soon as the 22-time Grand Slam drew curtains on his year — jokingly, of course.
“Rafael Nadal plays his last match of the season and twitter goes down, coincidence? I think not.”
Here are a few more reactions from fans: