2017 has been an exciting year for Outside the Ball. We traveled to some of the best tournaments in tennis, partied with the pros at exclusive off court events, and showcased it all in our television show that premiered on beIN SPORTS USA. This week host Mayleen Ramey is taking a look back at her favorite interviews and viral moments of the year that had all of us laughing and wanting more!
Anything can happen on Outside the Ball, just ask Juan Marin del Potro who found himself on court with crazy Coach Randy. Our countdown begins with the infamous coach giving the Argentine wacky tennis tips to help his game. That may not have been the right match. However, Bethanie Mattek Sands and Lucie Safarova aced our number 9th spot proving they are a perfect pair both on and off the court!
In our next video Feliciano Lopez joined a select few who have gotten the OTB meme treatment. We transformed Felicano’s Instagram photos into hilarious memes that take him out of bed and into the 12th century. The Spanish star wasn’t the only tennis pro we follow on social media. Diving in at number 7, we went behind the photo with Stan Wawrinka and he even talked about those famous shorts from Roland Garros that had the world buzzing.
Olympian Monica Puig knows the feeling of victory and when she brought her gold medal and dog to visit us, we were all winning! In this interview Monica relived her gold medal win for Puerto Rico and how her dog became an unexpected good luck charm through it all.
We’re cruising into number 5 with Cici Bellis and Katie Swan. Move over carpool karaoke, we’re bringing you a carpool dance party. While making the most of London traffic the girls showed off their killer dance moves. From team spirit to a sibling rivalry. Our next clip takes tennis into a new dimension with Alexander and Mischa Zverev. The brothers battled inside a virtual reality tennis game high above the city of Miami.
No one is safe from our meme makeover, not even Nick Kyrgios. Nick agreed to play along with our personalized tennis memes that showed him winning the latest viral trend, pigging out with Matt Reid, and silencing movie goers. Kyrgios had a big appetite and approved the meme featuring his Davis Cup teammate, “When your friend comes over and brings food. That’s really good!” While we’re transforming players into memes, Madison Keys is turning everyone into babies. The Evian Ambassador joined Mayleen Ramey to talk about the new campaign that made a huge splash in 2017.
Mayleen’s pick for our number one video also happens to be the most watched video of the year. Taking the top spot is our tribute to Ana Ivanovic after she announced her retirement. The video showcases our music video parody that had Ivanovic and her fans saying shake it off.
To watch our entire 2017 year end countdown of the best tennis interviews and greatest viral moments of the year, tune in to OTB TV’s season finale airing on beIN SPORTS USA Thursday, December 28th at 9am EST. Subscribe to the Outside the Ball Youtube channel for all of our interviews that take you beyond the game and behind the scenes with the world’s best tennis stars. See you next year!