Pro tennis player quits over social media comments

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  1. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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  2. Victarion Iron Captain

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    The comments were posted by people from 9gag, Reddit, and Ponychan. Shame on them for ruining her career; I wonder what she'll be moving on to.
     
  3. TheBat812 Registered

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    She should just delete her twitter account...
     
  4. bullets bang bang

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    Welcome to world of social media. Doesn't every celebrity/athlete have haters?
     
  5. Manic User title? USER TITLE?!

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    It says she's also been battling depression. I'm sure the heckling tweets weren't helping. She probably should've considered disconnecting herself from the internet for a while to focus more on tennis and getting help for the depression.
     
  6. James Built from Lego

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    From the article is sounds like the social-media bashing was only one part of the problem. Evidently her depression and the fact she's just not enjoying the sport anymore are major factors as well. If everything else in her life was fine and dandy with online bullying being her only problem it seems unlikely she'd thrown in the towel on that alone.
     
  7. NickNitro Extra Terrestrial

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    Shell be moving onto sites like 9gag, Reddit, Ponychan under an alias to bash everyone else :)

    INTERNET MUSCLES!

    but really though, this and the Manti Teo thing, its sad how social media truly has a grasp on every aspect of life, but when it affects someones career, its sad.
     
  8. bullets bang bang

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    It's a shame such a successful athlete would give in rather than seek help. I'm sure the tweets aren't the root cause , but I can see how it would diminish someone with a fragile sense of self esteem.
     
  9. Mad Love The Future of Justice

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    She might as well quit if she didn't have the fortitude to tune off the internet. Tennis is way more demanding than that.
     
  10. Mad Love The Future of Justice

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    Instead of quitting, she could have gotten the Internet to join her side by make them sympathetic to her bullying.

    She could have expressed how it was affecting her game.
     
  11. Piper Maru Guest

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    people can be so mean.
     
  12. TheDreamMaster The Night He Came Home...

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    Ponychan really? 4chan I'd expect but Ponychan?
     
  13. Victarion Iron Captain

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    Yes; this is right in line with their love of tricking people into giving them their DA account passwords.
     
  14. TheDreamMaster The Night He Came Home...

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    Oh I don't frequent any of the -chans, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Most pony related places I visit are usually pretty alright so I had no idea.
     
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    Athletes have a short career life anyway, if she doesn't comeback I bet she will regret it when she gets older. Life isn't a big teddy bear with endless love, I would use all the negative as motivation but I know that's hard when you're only 22.
     
  16. steintym Stay Frosty

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  17. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    It's easy to say superficial stuff doesn't matter when you're not between the ages of 13-30. That time in our lives, appearances mean everything even if we don't outright say it.
     
  18. Mad Love The Future of Justice

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    The top players get even more trash talk directed at them. I think she's making excuses. Leave twitter if you really care about tennis.
     
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    Ponychan sounds like hell
     
  20. James Built from Lego

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    Again, for the folks saying "Why didn't she just leave Twitter?" "She should have thicker skin!" or whatever, there's obviously more to her leaving the sport than just being harassed online. The article mentions she's suffered from depression for six years and no longer has fun playing the sport. Issues far larger than being bullied online have contributed to her decision to quit, that just happens to be what the author of the article decided to focus on because it makes a more interesting story.
     
  21. Mad Love The Future of Justice

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    If she's battling depression, then it makes even less sense for her to be around Twitter nonsense.

    “Social media has also taken its toll on me." That's clear and specific. There would be no story if she didn't point out social media.
     
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    I agree there would be no story if it weren't for the social media aspect, but how do you get "has also taken it's toll on me" to be "the reason"? From that quote it's pretty clear that the online bullying is a peripheral issue to her depression. The harassment was only a contributing factor that helped push her toward quitting, but it wasn't by any means the core reasoning.
     
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    For people who say - why didn't she just quit twitter - probably for the same reason people ask us to ban them from here because they can't leave on their own.
     
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  25. chamber-music Infinity Ammo

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    I don't get why people go so over board on the internet. Telling a someone they don't know that they wish they were dead is just weird.

    There was this BBC Three documentary about Internet trolls. The reporter tracked down some guy who was leaving nasty messages on a dead kids face book and the guy was some total oddball loser.
     

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