Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are some of the most popular tennis players on the planet and their popularity is visible on their social media handles as well. Serena has over 10.7 million followers on Twitter while having 14.2 million followers on her Instagram handle. As for Naomi, she has 1.1 million followers on Twitter while having 2.8 million followers on Instagram.
While the love of fans certainly helps the players for building their confidence, the close proximity and easy communication between the players and their followers has its ill effects as well. With the players just a tag away, many of the social media users make use of this facility to inflict abuse on the players.
As per a recent Twitter survey done by Pickwise, the list of tennis players with the most abusive tweets received during the 2021 year was revealed recently and some shocking numbers were seen. From a list of 1,00,000 tweets taken, Osaka topped the list with 32,415 abusive tweets followed by Serena on the 2nd spot with 18,118 tweets followed by Andy Murray who had 11,732 abusive tweets.
Emma Raducanu, Big-3 all feature in the Top-10 along with Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka
The most shocking name in the list was certainly 19-year old Emma Raducanu who received over 10,094 tweets despite coming into the limelight after the 2021 Wimbledon and rising in popularity after her title run at the 2021 US Open. Novak Djokovic was on the 5th spot with 8,439 abusive tweets while Roger Federer was 6th with 4,261 abuses.
Stefanos Tsitsipas was 7th with 4,084 abusive tweets with Rafael Nadal in 8th spot with 3,588 abusive tweets over the last year. Alexander Zverev was on the 9th spot with 3,454 abusive tweets as Simona Halep closed the Top-10 with the 10th spot having got 3,181 abusive tweets in the last year.
While Twitter has always worked towards making the platform safe for everyone, this data certainly shows a lot of work still has to be done by the social media platform for the protection of all the users.