As individual contractors, tennis players are not subject to the social media policies sports teams worldwide have used to restrict athletes' tweets. And given the sport's traveling-road-show aspect, with hours upon hours of downtime between matches, Twitter enables today's players to communicate whatever, whenever and wherever -- often without the filter of a public-relations team. The third-ranked Clijsters (left) is an avid user of social-media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Shortly after snapping this photo with Caroline Wozniacki during a changeover at an exhibition on Jan. 1 in Thailand, Clijsters uploaded it to Twitter (inset). SAMPLE TWEET "We just had a car accident on our way to the courts! So scary... Bob, my manager took the hit... http://yfrog.com/eplixnj "
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The 20-year-old Dane, who inherited the No. 1 ranking in October, uses Twitter to communicate with fans and other players. Wozniacki frequently shares photos through Twitpic, like here when she outed herself as a Liverpool fan by showing off her autographed Fernando Torres shirt. SAMPLE TWEET "pretty cool there is an article about me in the liverpoolfc.tv/news :) guess they found out i am a liverpool supporter :)"
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The 25-year-old native of Greensboro, N.C., enjoys Tweeting about topics from the University of Georgia football team to his family's cockerspaniel, Magill. SAMPLE TWEET "The big 10 is shockingly bad. And anyone who thinks Ohio St will beat Arkansas in the Sugar is sadly mistaken. Wiscy is the only decentteam"
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With more than 1.8 million followers, Serena is easily the world's most-followed female athlete. The 13-time Grand Slam champion routinely tweets 20 times a day or more. SAMPLE TWEET "Omg! The @farmersclassic tennis tournament in LA is charging me $100 a ticket... After I plugged them!!! Lol ill send a bill for my plug!"
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Murray, who enters the 2011 season ranked No. 3 in the world, is a borderline oversharer: He's tweeted photos of himself in the bath while icing his hand after too much PlayStation. Incidentally, Murray's border terrier Maggie has a Twitter page ( @maggiemay_hem ) with more than 1,000 followers. SAMPLE TWEET "back from dinner. steaks. raised the stakes in the ice bath b4 - who cud go fully under, and for how long. roddick involved. painful stuff."
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The 21-year-old Belarusian, whose close friendship with Caroline Wozniacki often spills into the Twittersphere, shares training updates and photos with Derek Jeter . SAMPLE TWEET "what can be more enoyable than a sunday 6 am doping test?"
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The 16-year-old Londoner (left, with David Beckham), who won the Wimbledon junior girls' title in 2008, tweets about everything from the Harry Potter movies to her dog Kiri to fake tans gone terribly wrong -- doing it all from a bedazzled Hello Kitty phone . SAMPLE TWEET "My coach just made me watch a video of the worlds biggest pimple. I feel violently ill."
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One of the more prolific Tweeters on the men's side, the 24-year-old Frenchman (and apparent insomniac) discusses music, movies, soccer and video games in English and French. SAMPLE TWEET "Comment est le nouveau Harry Potter?"
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The affable two-time Grand Slam champion is a multilingual tweeter, sharing tidbits from the road (in English and Russian) and the occasional photo from a rock concert. SAMPLE TWEET "music music music Im all about it!what would we do with out it?! from the internationals i like T.I,50,rihanna, the game ,mary j,ne-yo"
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The big-serving American tweets about college and pro sports, music and married life with Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker ( @BrooklynDDecker ). SAMPLE TWEET "threw first pitch out at braves game always get nervous and wimp out,but actually tried to throw it hard tonight and it went over the plate!"
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The mother of Venus and Serena joined Twitter in 2010 at her daughters' urging. Her droll, amusing tweets reflect an economy of language. SAMPLE TWEET "Spoke to Alec Baldwin this evening. He's halarious and sweet"
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Few players have derived as much pleasure from social media as the 32nd-ranked Petkovic, whose cheerful video dispatches (recorded under the pseudonym Petkorazzi) gained popularity during her run to the second week of the 2010 U.S. Open. SAMPLE TWEET "Me and my sister finding out that Santa Claus doesn't really exist...buuuuhhhh http://twitpic.com/3hiky1 "
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The free-spirited Serb jumped in with both feet upon joining Twitter on July 18, sharing observations about the weather, tweeting photos from clubs (he's the one in the middle) and his unhealthy obsession with the Cheesecake Factory. SAMPLE TWEET "Sweating makes you feel better...Also CHESEECAKE FACTORY is the best place to eat in USA"
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The elder Williams sister chats with her fans and engages in an ongoing back-and-forth with Serena (especially when they're apart). SAMPLE TWEET "@serenajwilliams your crazy you have the most bangin' body I know!"
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The doubles specialist (and part-time musician) enjoys checking in with photos from all over the globe. SAMPLE TWEET "Thought this rain was cute & cozy for the first few days...now it feels like a sick joke. This el nino dude needs to get bitch slapped."
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Soderling (left, with Bjorn Borg) hails from Sweden but lists his location as "Always Traveling." His matter-of-fact tweets, peppered with Twitpics from his travels, emphasize the itinerant state of being. SAMPLE TWEET "had brunch at the boat house in central park today http://twitpic.com/2h8ooj "
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The second-ranked Zvonareva, runner-up at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2010, communicates with her fans about movies, food and tennis. SAMPLE TWEET "Saw "Tourist" on the weekend! Enjoyed it :))) I like both, Angelina and Johnny!!!"
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The 21-year-old Lisicki, a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2009, is an avid sports fan who tweets about ice hockey, swimming and handball. SAMPLE TWEET "I just discovered my dream car........the new Porsche 918 Spyder!!! What a beautiful car this is!!! Has anyone seen and read about it?"
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The 2009 U.S. Open champion joined Twitter during his 10-month injury layoff. Tweeting mostly in Spanish, Del Potro updated fans on his recovery and rooted for Argentina's national soccer team during the 2010 World Cup. SAMPLE TWEET "Les dejo una foto para que vean como esta mi mano hoy ... ya paso la etapa del yeso http://twitpic.com/1qnxcg "
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Karlovic, the tallest player in ATP history at 6-foot-10 and an aspiring rapper, is the master of infrequent, wry and cryptic tweets. SAMPLE TWEET "Just went in Dash store. Didn't know Kardashians have they're own water. I'm sure its anything but pure."
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