Former World No 1 Danish tennis ace takes on abusive online attacker; says such bullying must be stopped
Former World No 1 tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki has shamed a man for trolling her online. The current World No 33 Danish beauty has not been enjoying too much success on court leading to early ousters from tournaments and a dearth of WTA titles.
Caroline Wozniacki during a promotional event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York last month. Pic/AFP
Her recent dream of representing her country at the Rio Olympics were also dashed with the International Tennis Federation claiming she'd failed to play the required number of matches in the qualifying period for her country's Fed Cup team.
However, her disappointment notwithstanding, Wozniacki refused to be bogged down by an online troll on Instagram, who went by the name nicklas.la.
The man, through a series of direct messages, said Wozniacki was 'pathetic' and that she must 'return to her injury status' and 'get lost'. "Even my dog plays better tennis than you," read one of the messages.
Wozniacki's reply was dignified, yet effective. She began saying: "I am sure your mother would be proud of you if she saw this! So sad!"
She said she usually didn't answer haters and but was speaking out this time to help those who can't voice their opinion or fight back. "It's easy to hide behind a screen and write abuse to others. I've grown immune to haters but there are a lot of people who are being called worse, and they don't have the same voice, to be able to speak up or fight back. So let's STOP bullying.
"Tell your friends and family today that you love them and care for them! Give a stranger a compliment, smile! You never know what kind of day they've had, and even the smallest encouragement and compliment can make someone's day! That's all! Have a beautiful and blessed day everyone," wrote Wozniacki.