The stars are flocking to take over our @AustralianOpen Twitter feed, America's Ryan Harrison and Spaniard Fernando Verdasco taking to the keyboard on Day 1 at Australian Open 2013.
Harrison was in great form, joking that unfavourable Grand Slam draws were someone, somewhere, trying to give him experience at a young age. He said Andy Roddick's departure from the tour had left him “big shoes to fill” in the press conference room and that it is “a privilege” to train with American veteran.
The 20-year-old from Shreveport revealed that his favourite Melbourne restaurant is Koko for its “great pan-Asian” cuisine and that he keeps in shape with “lots of running. “I like to feel the lungs burn,” he said.
Verdasco was next to tweet up a storm, telling @AustralianOpen followers he was feeling “good and happy, physically good,” following his five-set win over David Goffin, and that his favourite Australian Open matches were his fourth round win over Andy Murray in 2009 and his epic semifinal loss to Rafael Nadal in the same year.
The 29-year-old from Madrid explained that that he'd grown his hair long this season because: “I like to change sometimes. I want to be back to my 20s,” and said that he wasn't daunted by being in Novak Djokovic's quarter of this year's draw. “It's a tough draw, but what do you expect in a Grand Slam? Always tough,” he said.
We'll be inviting more players to take over our Twitter account in coming days. If you have a player you'd like us to request, tweet us @AustralianOpen and tag your tweet #AOTTO