The 12 Must-Follow Athletes On Instagram

The 12 Must-Follow Athletes On Instagram

Many of the world’s best athletes are active on Instagram. It’s a great way for athletes to connect with their fans off the field. And for these 12, game-day skills translate into social dominance. These are the top 12 athletes that you NEED to follow on Instagram.

Stephen Curry @stephencurry30 | 7.5m followers

With by far the largest following on this list, there’s no reason not to follow the reigning NBA MVP and defending champ. Between going behind the scenes of Steph’s life and watching the dubsmashes with his wife, there are very few on his level.

Russell Westbrook @russwest44 | 3.4m followers

As one of the best-dressed athletes on the planet, Russ needs to be on this list. Whether he’s showing off his latest look, sharing his charity work, or gushing about his wife, this man is one of best athlete Instagrammers out there.

Serena Williams @serenawilliams | 2.7m followers

A force on the court, a fashion icon off it. If you want a look into the life of one of the most dominant athletes who’s ever lived, this is it.

James Harden @jharden13 | 2.6m followers

James’ account is loaded with celebrity and athlete encounters. He truly lives the life of a superstar baller. Who doesn’t want to stay up to date with that?

Nick Young @swaggyp1 | 2m followers

He’s a fashion icon and a family man who regularly posts about his son and his girl Iggy Azalea. Swaggy P is all about standing out and showing your true personality. We believe in self-expression, so naturally, we believe in Swaggy P.

JJ Watt @justinjames99 | 1.7m followers

JJ loves his fans, and he lets them know it. This is who you should be following if want to be inspired to be the best you can be, on and off the field.

Sydney Leroux @sydneyleroux | 926k followers

On the field, she’s a relentless forward that terrorizes defenders. Off it, she’s a fan favorite because of her inside looks at the USWNT, her dog Boss (who has his own Instagram account), her soccer star husband Dom Dwyer, and some of the funniest captions in the business.

Skylar Diggins @skydigg4 | 921k followers

Her feed has the perfect combo of grit, glam, and fam. From training vids and foodie pics to stylish selfies and updates on her basketball camp, Skylar is a must-have on your follow list.

Allyson Felix @af85 | 276k followers

She’s a true champion and her feed shows you why. Allyson’s training vids show the incredible work ethic it takes to be one of the best. Plus, you get a peek at her life off the track, including all the amazing places she travels to.

Elena Delle Donne @de11edonne | 184k followers

As the 2015 WNBA MVP, Elena knows how to balance fun with work. Her feed is a perfect representation of the balance it takes to be the league’s best.

Jordan Burroughs @alliseeisgold | 180k followers

Jordan is unstoppable on the mat and unbeatable on Instagram. If you follow him, you’ll see everything from training videos and inspirational messages to pics with his son Beacon (who also has his own account) and posts about baby number two that’s on the way. Like it says in his bio, “You are now watching history in the making.”

Melvin Gordon III @iammelvingordoniii | 131k followers

Following MG3 gives you a unique look into the life of a rising star in the NFL. As a first-round running back, Melvin has a lot of pressure to be great, but he keeps his feed lighthearted and doesn’t let the pressure get to him. He’s got the style and swagger of a top athlete Instagrammer.

The other must-follow account? Eastbay’s, of course. Follow @officialeastbay for the latest releases and a behind-the-scenes look at how to gain an edge in sports and life.

Serena Williams Wimbledon Champ Again

Serena Williams Wimbledon Champ Again

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What started off as Serena Williams’ tournament to lose turned out to be her tournament to win. The now four-time Wimbledon champion looked overwhelmingly dominant as she rolled over Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-3, 6-2 in Saturday’s final. The win gives Serena 4 Wimbledon titles and 13 Grand Slam titles overall.

As Serena loves to say, her serve does not abandon her at Wimbledon. To drive that point home, the number 1 ranked player in the world didn’t face a break point in the entire match. The same could not be said for Zvonareva. After a very evenly played six games, the two were all square at 3-3. Serena, as expected, held serve to jump back ahead by a game. Then, the first break of the match came when Williams smacked a curling forehand winner down the line to jump ahead 5-3. She wouldn’t look back, as her reliable serve helped her close out the first set in impressive form.

Those guessing that Serena would slow down in the second set guessed wrong. In fact, she played better. The set began with Serena immediate breaking Zvonareva to go up 1-0. The Russian started to unravel when she double-faulted to fall behind 4-1. Three games letter, Serena put away an overhand to seal the deal on another successful Wimbledon run. The reaction of the two finalists mirrored the on-court action. Serena’s reaction was one of great jubilance, while Zvaonareva sat in her chair and wiped away tears.

By securing her 13th Grand Slam title, Serena moved past the legendary Billie Jean King on the all-time women’s list. She now stares up at Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, each with 18 titles. Her first crack at number 14 will come at the 129th U.S. Open. The tournament starts on August 30th in New York City. Serena’s last U.S. Open win came in 2008 against Jelena Janković.

Where do you think Serena currently stands on the all-time women’s tennis list? Let us know!

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Serena Williams Wimbledon Champ Again

ATP: 2010 Wimbledon Begins Today

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The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, the Wimbledon Championships, returns this week at the All England Club in London. From now until July 4th, the world’s best tennis players of both genders will compete for the sport’s two grandest prizes. The men will vie for the silver gilt cup and cover that has been awarded to the winner since 1877. On the other side, women will attempt to capture the Venus Rosewater Dish. These trophies are a lot more elusive to some players than others.

The main storyline heading into the men’s draw is simple. Will we see another installment of Federer vs. Nadal? The draws are stacked for both men, with a plethora of great players standing in the way of a potential showdown. On top of that, Federer had to fight tooth and nail to get out of his opening round match against Alejandro Falla this morning. That may come as a sign that he’s still struggling after a sub-par clay court season. On the other hand, Rafael Nadal is surging coming into the tournament. After decisively taking the French in straight sets earlier this month, Rafa has his eyes set on a 4th Wimbledon Final and 2nd championship. He opens up play against Japan’s Kei Nishikori. Other notable players to watch out for include Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Robin Soderling, and former champion Lleyton Hewitt.

As usual, all eyes are on the Williams sisters on the women’s side of things. After a woeful clay court season, Serena Williams returns to grass, where she hopes to reassert her dominance. Big sister Venus has made 8 finals appearance at the All England Club, bringing home 5 Rosewater Dishes. The only player she’s ever lost a Wimbledon final to? Little sister Serena. So, needless to say, Venus is always a threat when she plays this tournament. Experts also believe she has a favorable draw. Other big names to watch out for are Justin Henin, who is attempting to add Wimbledon Champion to her already impressive resume, and a focused Maria Sharapova who is looking to recapture her championship form.

These will be just some of the storylines to keep an eye out for as play starts today. With the final taking place on Independence Day, we’re a little under two weeks away from crowning champions. Stay tuned to the Eastbay Blog for more updates!

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