Montreal Gazette



As if a fourth round 6-2, 6-1 thrashing at the U.S. Open wasn't hard enough to deal with, American Shelby Rogers, pictured, said that she most likely would have to contend with death threats on social media following Monday's loss to Emma Raducanu. While death threats over a tennis match may seem shocking, several players at this year's U.S. Open have said such things are now part of sport, with much of the abuse coming from gamblers hooked on online betting. “I'm going to have nine million death threats and whatnot,” Rogers said with a shrug. “At this point in my career, I'd say I'm used to it. I kind of wish social media didn't exist.” American Sloane Stephens, who is Black, said she received a torrent of angry messages on social media, including racist and sexist abuse, following her third-round loss to Angelique Kerber.

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