Garin lost to Pedro Martinez in the first round of the Rio Open and the Chilean received threats from followers post-match. The posts and messages blamed Garin of match fixing, while other called for the 26-year old to retire from tennis immediately.
In response to the negative response on social media, Garin posted his own message and tagged the official ATP channel in his account.
"More than 1000s of dms with threats. Nice. @atptour,"
The latest social media abuse towards Garin followed a similar incident in 2022 when the Chilean was eliminated from the Australian Open in the third round by Gael Monfils. After the defeat, Garin explained that he received insulting replies online.
“Incredible, the amount of insults and threats that you have to read nowadays after each match. I can’t believe the insanity of people. Good night,”
The latest negativity towards Garin came from a difficult start to 2023 as the player has slipped to 98th in the ATP rankings. Despite reaching the semi-final of the Challenger Noumea in early January, Garin has struggled for form since.
The 26-year-old was knocked out in the first round of the Australian Open after a four-set defeat to Sebastian Korda. Garin then lost against Joao Sousa in the round of 16 at the Cordoba Open before his latest early exit from the Rio Open.