Pros that poke: Facebook world rankings


Originally published on: 26/02/10 14:11

They’d have us believe they’re grinding away on the practice courts, figuring out their next opponent, or busting a gut in the gym.

Truth is, they’re no different to you and I. While they’re meant to be grafting away earning an honest living, what are they doing? Fannying about on Facebook, that’s what.

We spent an embarrassingly long time digging around for pros on the aforementioned social networking site and compiled rankings based on their number of friends.

Frenchman Richard Gasquet appears to be the most popular man on the tour (a dubious 2,290), but we’re thrilled to see our very own Jamie Murray in second spot with a whopping 730, a full 19 places higher than younger brother Andy, who can only muster an unfriendly 156. The less said about the popularity of Swedish doubles specialist Simon Aspelin, the better.

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Monday February 18 2008

(No. of friends in brackets)
1. Richard Gasquet (FRA) 2,290
2. Jamie Murray (GBR) 730
3. Tatiana Golovin (FRA) 496
4. Yves Allegro (SUI) 464
5. Bryanne Stewart (AUS) 440
6. Eric Butorac (USA) 391
7. Natalie Grandin (AUS) 384
8. Sophie Ferguson (AUS) 292
9. Jeff Coetzee (RSA) 238
10. Alun Jones (AUS) 233
11. Roger Anderson (RSA) 231
12. Milagros Sequera (VEN) 189
13. Chris Guccione (AUS) 188
14. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 182
15. Ashley Harkleroad (USA) 182
16. Paul Hanley (AUS) 173
17. Wes Moodie (RSA) 170
18. Peter Luczak (AUS) 165
19. Julie Ditty (USA) 164
20. Jarmilla Gajdosova (SVK) 162
21. Andy Murray (GBR) 156
22. Vasilisa Bardina (RUS) 150
23. Kevin Ullyett (ZIM) 133
24. Sania Mirza (IND) 116
25. Trudi Musgrave (AUS) 112
26. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 110
27. Nicole Pratt (AUS) 75
28. Rennae Stubbs (AUS) 72
29. Stephen Huss (AUS) 70
30. Simon Aspelin (SWE) 54

Have we missed you out?

If you’re a tennis professional and you want to prove you’ve got loads more mates than any of this lot then get in touch!


Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.