Garbine Muguruza‘s breakout performances this season, from reaching the finals of Wimbledon and Wuhan, winning a title in Beijing, and now starting off strong at the WTA Finals, have made her a clear rising star in the tennis world. However, the activity on her social media accounts suggests that she may be becoming a celebrity outside of tennis circles.
Even before she appeared on the radar of many tennis fans, the Spaniard became an ambassador for Mazda Spain in June 2014 and for BBVA bank in December 2014. With on-court success came international partnerships, including an endorsement deal with the Adidas Barricade by Stella McCartney clothing line and summer appearances in magazines such as Elle (Spain). She is increasing her global appeal rapidly, while simultaneously building a network of supporters in her home country.
Genial visita a la nueva ciudad BBVA en Madrid y un placer conocer a su presidente Francisco González @GMuguruzaBBVA pic.twitter.com/6fCGzpGEdS
— Garbiñe Muguruza (@GarbiMuguruza) July 24, 2015
There seems to be excitement and pride in Spain about the prospect of a top five women’s player making headlines as frequently as the likes of David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal. Garbine is gaining popularity with fellow Spaniards on Twitter, getting shoutouts from fellow athletes such as golfer Sergio Garcia and footballer Iker Casillas.
Otro español, española en este caso en octavos de @Wimbledon. Bravo @GarbiMuguruza ????????????
— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) July 4, 2015
Siguen adelante @RafaelNadal , @DavidFerrer87 y @GarbiMuguruza en una dura edición de @rolandgarros . Ánimo chavales!
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) May 29, 2015
Most recently, Garbi received attention from Spanish singer Malú for her bid to Singapore, proving that her influence branches outside of just athletics. Right now it’s difficult to determine if she can reach the popularity of Maria Sharapova or Venus Williams, but it’s obvious that the world will be seeing much more of Garbine Muguruza in the future.
Enhorabuena @GarbiMuguruza por tu gran victoria en Pekín! Mucha suerte para el masters en Singapur!! Estamos contigo!! ????????????????????????????????????????????????
— Malú (@_MaluOficial_) October 11, 2015
She handle the pressure so well right now. A bit down during US Open series but coming back stronger during Asian swing. I’m really hope she’ll win this WTA Finals.
Most probably Maria VS Muguruza in the final right?:D
Kueyseyra, the amazing Muguruza has reached the semis in both singles and doubles! As for the finals prediction, hmm well probably.
Hehe, probably… but sadly, no. I love the unpredictability of tennis!!
Claire, you see, two underdogs in this situation emerged as victors. Sharapova and Muguruza were both 3-0 in round-robin phase, while Kvitova and Radwanska were both 1-2.
Methinks Garbi just flat ran out of gas, playing every day and twice on Saturday.
I think she will do well in the future as she seems to be mature, and now she has a top line coach. I do not believe she will crash like Genie Bouchard did.
Saw Garbi and Carla beat the Chan sisters in doubles in a very competitive match but they were no match for Hingis and Sania Mirza in the finals. BTW why doesn’t Mirza still play singles, as I think she could be good at it. She has a pretty good backhand.