Priscilla Hon, an Australian tennis player, admits that she is “very prone” to internet harassment but emphasized that this does not excuse the behavior of irate bettors who call her names and wish her ill. Hon, who is rated 158th in the world, tweeted screenshots of some of the harassment she encounters online.
Hon advanced to the semifinals in the ITF competition in Canberra last week. After falling short to fellow Australian Lizette Cabrera, Hon appeared to be the target of horrifying online harassment.
Hon: This is a sad development.
“I just spoke to SBS about the weekly hostility that tennis players face.
We are quite prone to it, but that does not make it acceptable, I believe I would be speaking for the majority of us when I say. Hon posted on Twitter, “It’s awful that mankind descends to this level over the outcome of a tennis wager.
I recently spoke with SBS about the weekly hostility directed at tennis players. We are quite prone to it, but that does not make it acceptable, I believe I would be speaking for the majority of us when I say. Sad to think that people will descend to this level for a tennis wager. pic.twitter.com/4ly3ctfLUm October 17, 2022 — Priscilla Hon (@pribo98)
Iga Swiatek, the current tennis world No. 1, discussed internet harassment in tennis earlier this year. Swiatek, who is currently the face of women’s tennis, emphasized that it is a very important issue that requires attention.
“I recently faced Andreea Prisacariu in Poland vs. Romania’s Billie Jean King Cup match, and I am aware that she afterwards claimed she had received negative messages as a result of losing. Although I am unsure of the specifics of what transpired in this case, I am aware that hatred exists and that it is a significant problem that need attention.
They should be aware that many of these messages are actually read, as frequently this is a person who was gambling and lost money, which appears to be a “cause” for some of the abuse. On May, Swiatek published an article in her BBC Sport column.
Tennis abuse on the internet is nothing new. Tennis players have been posting screenshots of the taunts they get after matches for many years.