“Is this normal for you?” Four words to alert, raise awareness. Eliminated in the first round of the tournament in Estoril (Portugal) on Monday 25 April, Benoît Paire was the target of social networks. The Frenchman shared some of the offensive messages received on Instagram on Twitter, in a private message. After six publications in a row, the Habs, 60th in the world, simply posted one last message: “Is this normal for you?”
– benoit couple (@benoitpaire) April 25, 2022
These incredibly violent messages were sent to the athlete after the defeat against South Korean Kwon Soon-woo 6-4, 7-5 at the Estoril tournament (ATP 250), Portugal. For several months, Paire has accumulated disappointments. The Frenchman recorded his 10th consecutive defeat on Monday, his worst streak.
On the main circuit he does not make it through the first round since the Australian Open in January where he reached the third round before losing in four sets to Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. A bad passage that gets longer over time, as the deadline for Roland-Garros approaches (from 22 May to 5 June).
Already last year Benoit Paire had experienced a first bad patch during the Covid-19 pandemic and the resumption of the circuit behind closed doors. The Frenchman had explained that he had not managed to overcome the playing conditions induced by the health measures imposed, in particular that of the absence of the public. A year later, therefore, he resumes his bad sporting record, even with the return of the public and the end of the health bubbles.
This wave of social hate caused by defeating a tennis player is not new. Before him, Gaël Monfils had also published the messages of insults received, sometimes of a racist nature, on the networks after his defeat at the Masters 1000 in Rome, in September 2020.
The following year, it was Alizé Cornet’s turn to publish this outburst of hatred. The Frenchwoman, who had just lost in the first round of the Cluj Open (WTA 250 in Romania), suffered the ire of online bettors. An evil that has become, in recent years, more and more recurrent in the middle of the yellow ball.
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It seems that the mental health of athletes is in step with the times … We understand better why!
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– Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) August 3, 2021