In the insular world of tennis, sometimes an unrelated topic will sent Twitter a-twitching. But it's usually sports-related.
Monday, there was an outpouring of sadness when players learned the news of the death of actor-comedian Robin Williams.
My tennis timeline is pretty much split 50-50 between male and female players but, for whatever reason, every single Tweet that went by was from a female player.
Most of them probably didn't know that Williams loved to play the game and was a big tennis fan, a regular fixture at the U.S. Open.
Tragically, not this year.
Here's a sampling. As you can see, regardless of country of origin, Williams spoke the universal language of laughter.
From Serbia ...
#RIPRobinWilliams !!!! Such sad news!!! Life is short. Enjoy every moment to the fullest...
To Canada ...
Mrs. Doubtfire was my childhood. #RIPRobinWilliams
— Eugenie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) August 12, 2014
So sad… Thank you for all the smiles you brought to this world #RIPRobinWilliams
— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) August 12, 2014
To Belarus ...
RIP Robin Williams
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) August 12, 2014
To Ukraine ...
Robin #Williams will be missed by whole world..brilliant actor... RIP
— Sergiy Stakhovsky (@Stako_tennis) August 12, 2014
To Russia ...
Oh no... #RIPRobinWilliams Rewatching Good Will Hunting and 😢😢😢
— Alla Kudryavtseva (@AllaK11) August 12, 2014
To the good old U.S. of A. ...
Lost a friend. Never acted like a super star, always humble, always kind, true genius. Was an honor to be in this game of life with you.
— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) August 12, 2014
Feeling so sad tonite for Robin Williams. Depression needs to be talked about openly without stigma. If u feel it, get help. U r not alone.
— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) August 12, 2014
Can't even pick my fav Robin Williams movie. Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams, Hook, Jumanji, Aladdin, Dead Poets Society, Goodwill Hunting...
— Bethanie MattekSands (@BMATTEK) August 12, 2014
To Spain ...
— Pablo Andujar (@AndujarPablo) August 12, 2014
— Conchita Martínez (@conchitamartinz) August 12, 2014
To Puerto Rico ...
Sieze the day... #RIPRobinWilliams
— Monica Puig (@MonicaAce93) August 12, 2014
To Russia ...
RIP Robin Williams! #sadnews :(
— A. Pavlyuchenkova (@NastiaPav) August 12, 2014
— Laurent Rochette (@LaurentRochette) August 12, 2014
— Alizé Lim (@AlizeLim) August 12, 2014