Priscilla Hon posts screenshots of horrific online abuse from angry bettors



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Priscilla Hon posts screenshots of horrific online abuse from angry bettors

Australian tennis player Priscilla Hon says she is "quite prone" to online abuse but noted that it doesn't mean that it is acceptable to have angry bettors insulting her and wishing her a cancer diagnosis. Hon, who is ranked at No 158 in the world, posted screenshots of some of the online abuse she receives.

Last week, Hon made the semifinal at the ITF event in Canberra. After losing to fellow Australian Lizette Cabrera, Hon was seemingly a subject to horrific online abuse.

Hon: It's sad this is happening

"Just spoke to SBS about all the hate us tennis players get every single week.

I think I’d be speaking for most of us by saying we’re quite prone to it but that doesn’t make it okay. It’s sad that humanity goes down to this level just for losing a bet on a tennis match," Hon wrote on Twitter.

Earlier this year, world No 1 Iga Swiatek spoke on the topic of online abuse in tennis. Swiatek, who is now the face of women's tennis, underlined that it is something very serious that needs to be addressed.

“Recently I played against Andreea Prisacariu in Poland's Billie Jean King Cup match with Romania and I am aware that she said afterwards she had received bad messages because she lost. I don't know exactly what happened in this instance but I know hate is there and that it's a serious issue which needs addressing.

Many times this is a person who is betting and lost money - this seems to be a 'reason' for some of the abuse - but they should be aware that many of these messages are actually read," Swiatek wrote in her column for the BBC Sport in May.

Online abuse in tennis is not something new. For many years, tennis players have been posting screenshots of insults they receive after matches.