Heather Watson, the British number one, has revealed that both she and her family have received death threats. The tennis player, who was back on court at Wimbledon yesterday, said she had come to accept the online abuse.
“Oh, I’ve had death threats,” she told the New York Times. “I’ve had people threatening to kill me and kill my family, wishing that I get cancer and die a slow, painful death. Horrible words I couldn’t even think up in my head, to be that mean.”
Watson, 23, has insisted that she will not let Twitter trolls wreck her chances of making it through to the third round at SW19 for the first time. She has said that she is only targeted when she loses her matches and has had so many awful messages that she had learnt to ignore them.