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Diego Schwartzman threatened and warned not to return home after getting defeated at the Davis Cup.
The Argentine lost 6-4 6-3 to unranked 18-year-old Daniil Ostapenkov, who has yet to play a match on the ATP Tour.
The tennis player revealed the abuse he suffered, which he described as one of “the worst days of his career.”
“I lost to an unranked, inexperienced player. All that already affects (me) a lot. Although 80 or 90 percent of the people are always encouraging (me), there was a minority who criticized me with bad intentions,” he said.
“I received threats, insults and requests not to return to Argentina. More or less, it affects (me).”
Schwartzman says he has interacted with some trolls on social media to find out the reason behind their abuse.
“Sometimes I start to answer some messages and I ask those people if they realize what they are sending,” he commented.
“The vast majority apologize and say they had not realized it. But at the moment it hurts. That very ill-intentioned criticism is the only bad thing about social networks.
Source – express
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