New Data Reveals Which Players Receive Most Online Abuse

New Data Reveals Which Players Receive Most Online Abuse

Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka received the most amount of negative posts on social media, according to a new study of how much abuse ATP & WTA players receive online.

World Sports Network conducted a research into how much negativity players were subject to in Twitter posts and on Facebook. Then, the company judged the scale of negativity over a 16-month period to determine which players had the most negativity shared about them on social media during that period.

The final data revealed that 22-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic received 15% negative sentiment on Twitter and a further 11% of angry reactions via Facebook - the most of any other ATP player. Similarly, 2023 Australian Open winner Aryna Sabalenka received 15% negative sentiment via the Twitter platform and 5% of angry reactions on Facebook.

Just behind Djokovic in the men's category was Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas, while last year's Wimbledon winner, Elena Rybakina, received the second most negative reactions on Twitter for WTA players.

Also, further breakdowns of the data revealed that WTA players receive slightly more negative sentiment compared to ATP players. In a breakdown of the top six seeds at the 2023 Roland Garros, 8.6% of the women's players received more negativity online compared to 8.3% of the male competitors.

The recent data followed the announcement from the French Tennis Federation (FFT) and smart solutions group that the duo would be monitoring online abuse on players' accounts at this year's Roland Garros. Overall, the two groups aim to moderate online hate aimed at the players to control negativity towards them and their staff.



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