Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki claimed in a Twitter submit Saturday that fans threatened her and her family the day earlier than the Miami Open, but safety didn’t tackle the state of affairs.
Wozniacki, who misplaced in three units Friday in an upset to Monica Puig, claims fans taunted her with foul language, and “wished demise upon my mother and pop.” She stated her fiancé’s 10-yr-previous niece and nephew have been additionally subjected to abuse, with fans telling them to “sit down and shut the f— up.”
In line with Wozniacki, “safety and employees did nothing to stop this and even accepted this to happen.”
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) March 24, 2018
“I hope the Miami Open chooses to take this critically as a result of it’s a horrible instance to set for the subsequent era of tennis gamers and fans,” Wozniacki concluded.
Event director James Blake stated a press release that such abuse can be “dealt with instantly” however insisted Wozniacki had not formally reported the abuse.
“The safety of the gamers is our primary precedence,” Blake stated. “Final night time’s match between Caroline and Monica was performed in entrance of a loud and passionate crowd. Whereas I personally really feel that nobody ought to should endure any kind of abuse on the courtroom, we do our greatest to offer a protected and truthful setting.
“In the course of the match, we had event and WTA employees in addition to event safety courtside. They by no means witnessed, nor have been they notified of any particular threats made to gamers or their households. If we had been notified, the state of affairs would have been dealt with instantly.”
The 27-yr-previous Wozniacki gained her first Grand Slam title on the Australian Open earlier this yr, and is presently ranked No. 2 on the earth.