Roger Federer has sent a warning to young tennis stars like Emma Raducanu, saying more needs to be done to help them deal with negativity and abuse on social media.
Raducanu has shot to worldwide fame after becoming the first qualifier in tennis history to win a grand slam.
The 18-year-old shocked the tennis world earlier this month when she won the US Open in just her second appearance at a major.
Earlier this year, Raducanu had received criticism after retiring from her fourth round match at Wimbledon with breathing difficulties in her grand slam debut.
And Naomi Osaka is another player who has received some sickening online abuse during her struggles with mental health issues.
“It’s been amazing, both of their stories,” Federer told GQ Magazine in regards to Raducanu and Osaka.
“But it hurts when you see what happens and when they don’t feel well.
“The stress is so great. And I think a lot has to be down to social media.”
The Swiss legend said he’s grateful that social media wasn’t around when he was first making his way on the professional circuit.
“The first 10 years of my life there was no social media, maybe I had just a website, then the next 10 years social media was everywhere,” he said.
“I can’t imagine going through the beginning of my career with social media – I have no clue how I would have handled it.
“For every 10 nice comments there’s always one negative comment and, of course, that is the one you focus on.”
Naomi Osaka hints at return to tennis
Osaka said earlier this month she planned to take an indefinite break from the sport after an early exit from the US Open.
The 23-year-old had previously pulled out of the French Open and skipped Wimbledon to protect her mental health.
The four-time grand slam champion has since withdrawn from next week’s Indian Wells event but says she will return to tennis soon after feeling the “itch” to play again.
“I know I’m going to play again,” Osaka told HBO show ‘The Shop’.
Adding that her return would be “probably soon”, Osaka said: “I kind of have that itch again.
“It wouldn’t really matter to me if I won or lost, I’d just have the joy of being back on the court.”
Osaka, who recently dropped out of the top five in the world rankings, said her problems were exacerbated by speaking to the media after matches.
She had also made an early exit from Cincinnati last month, and had bowed out of the Tokyo Olympics in the early rounds in July.
“Players, the tournaments, journalists, we need to sit down together in a room and go, ‘OK, what would work for you and what works for us,'” Federer said.
“We need a revolution. Or at least an evolution of where we are today.
“It’s a horrible situation. Even when I am feeling down I know I need to act a certain way in front of the world’s press.
“We need to remember that tennis players are athletes and professionals, but we are also human too.”
Exclusive: Novak Djokovic: ‘That was unexpected’
Novak Djokovic makes no mistake and after two games at the Nitto Atp Finals he took the pass for the semifinals. So far a clear path for the Serbian tennis player, who left no chance to counter his successes to opponents Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev.
The world number one demonstrated once again the great continuity in the results and the few difficulties encountered in the competition reserved for the best eight of the ‘Race’ classification. The two races were almost a photocopy: he started always contracted and suffered a break, he reacted like a great champion and soon took absolute control of the matches.
The Russian, last to challenge him, tried in every possible way to resist the domination of the Belgrade native, but there was really nothing to be done. At the end of the confrontation, Nole talked about himself in an interview on the pitch, underlining the excellent performance: “I played very well, particularly in the service sessions.
The excellent performance and the 12 aces helped me a lot, considering the conditions we have here (faster than in other tournaments)” Then he continued: “In the first set I found good answers and I put Rublev in difficulty, who didn’t play the best tennis of him and made so many mistakes.
When you serve well, you obviously have fewer problems and more confidence, especially when you are 34 (jokes). I feel young, because everyone in this tournament has a very low average age and I feel like them. ” The Serbian analyzed an interesting aspect: “I am very grateful for the opportunity to play at this level, against top level players.
It is not easy to play a match with these players who are tall and have a lot of strength, like Medvedev, Zverev, Berrettini, who serve at 200-220km/h.”
Djokovic is chasing a sixth ATP Finals crown
Novak Djokovic admitted he was surprised to receive Nick Kyrgios’s backing over his stance that COVID-19 vaccination should not be mandatory.
The Serb also reinforced his position on the importance of freedom of choice regarding vaccination, or “anything else in life” Speaking at a press conference at the 2021 ATP Finals, Djokovic revealed his surprise at hearing Kyrgios’ comments and suggested this is a rare matter on which the pair see eye to eye.
The World No. 1 also elaborated on why he feels freedom of choice is so vital in life. “That was unexpected, knowing what was coming from him towards me in the last couple of years (laughs),” Djokovic said. “But this time, I must agree with him that the freedom of choice is essential for everyone, whether it’s me or somebody else.”
Serena Williams ‘devastated’ Over Peng Shuai’s Whereabouts, Pens Strong Message In Support
Serena William using the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai in her tweet wrote about feeling devastated and shocked to hear about fellow tennis star, Peng Shuai.
Support continues to pour in for Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai with Serena Williams joining a host of tennis players including Naomi Osaka, Stan Wawrinka regarding her whereabouts and wellbeing. Peng Shuai had earlier made allegations about sexual assault against a senior Chinese politician. Recently, WTA chief Steve Simon had also raised concern over Peng Shuai after an email was posted on China’s media from the tennis player.
Serena Williams, using the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai in her tweet wrote about feeling devastated and shocked to hear about fellow tennis star, Peng Shuai. She also urged for an investigation on her whereabouts and not staying silent. Here’s what Serena Williams had to say about Peng Shuai’s whereabout.
I am devastated and shocked to hear about the news of my peer, Peng Shuai. I hope she is safe and found as soon as possible. This must be investigated and we must not stay silent. Sending love to her and her family during this incredibly difficult time. #whereispengshuai pic.twitter.com/GZG3zLTSC6
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) November 18, 2021
WTA release statement on Peng Shuai wellbeing
On Wednesday, CGTN, the international arm of government-controlled state broadcaster CCTV had released an email which is said to be from Peng Shuai regarding her current whereabout, which has raised doubts over its authenticity. The mail claims that the sexual assault claim “is not true” and adds: “I’m not missing, nor am I unsafe. I’ve just been resting at home and everything is fine”.
On Thursday, WTA chief Steve Simon has released a statement which said, “The statement released today by Chinese state media concerning Peng Shuai only raises my concerns as to her safety and whereabouts. I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her.”
He said, “Peng Shuai displayed incredible courage in describing an allegation of sexual assault against a former top official in the Chinese government. The WTA and the rest of the world need independent and verifiable proof that she is safe. I have repeatedly tried to reach her via numerous forms of communication, to no avail.”
He added, “Peng Shuai must be allowed to speak freely, without coercion or intimidation from any source. Her allegation of sexual assault must be respected, investigated with full transparency and without censorship. The voices of women need to be heard and respected, not censored nor dictated to.”
READ | WTA issues statement on Peng Shuai’s rape allegations; calls for ‘transparent’ probe
Peng, 35, is one of China’s most successful tennis players and a former doubles world number one. The Chinese tennis star has won the French Open and Wimbledon. As a singles player, she rose to a career-high of 14 and has defeated top players including Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams elder sister Venus Williams.
Stefanos Tsitsipas revealed his grandmother died just 5 minutes before the start of…..
Rising tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has revealed that his grandmother died just five minutes before the start of his French Open final defeat to Novak Djokovic.
The Greek went two sets up against Djokovic on Sunday in his maiden Grand Slam final but ultimately lost 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 4-6.
“Five minutes before entering the court my very beloved grandmother lost her battle with life,” the 22-year-old said in an emotional Instagram post after the match.
Tsitsipas did not specify whether he was aware of his grandmother’s death before the match, or if he found out afterwards.
In the post, he continued: “A wise woman whose faith in life, and willingness to give and provide can’t be compared to any other human being that I have ever met.
“It’s important to have more people like her in this world. Because people like her make you come alive. They make you dream.
“I would like to say that regardless of the day, circumstance or situation, this is entirely dedicated to her, and only her.”
Tsitsipas’ grandmother was the mother of Apostolos, Tsitsipas’ father and coach.
“Thank you for for raising my father,” he continued. “Without him this wouldn’t have been possible.”
After he shared the post, a number of Tsitsipas’ fellow tennis stars shared their condolences with him in the comments section of his post.
His opponent, Djokovic, commented a series of emojis including a crying face and a love heart, while Spaniard Pablo Cuevas said: “Bravo Stefanos.”
American teenager Coco Gauff wrote: “So sorry for your loss. I know she was watching and so happy for you because you fought so hard today and it was so inspiring and incredibly to see.”
Alexis Ohanian, the husband of Serena Williams, wrote: “All love. Only the start, dude. She’s proud of you today and everyday.”