If you lose a match, don’t go on Twitter

Austrian vet Jurgen Melzer, who’s coming back from shoulder surgery, laid it out there after losing a night-delayed match in Munich to lucky loser Ricardas Berankis.


The responses, you won’t be surprised, ranged from the sympathetic to the usual anonymous tough talk.

He was hardly the only tennis player to feel the courageous wrath of the anonymous brave this week.

It’s nothing new, but for whatever reason, it’s particularly harsh and heinous this week. Or perhaps some players aren’t just trying to ignore it. They’re putting it out there so everyone can see it.

Even American Nicole Gibbs got it.

I mean, really, Nicole Gibbs? What did she ever do to anyone?


Gibbs re-Tweeted the loser, who instantly back down, like the brave man he is.

Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who was coming off some pretty good tennis, took a tough three-set loss to buoyant local Gastao Elias in Portugal, and he heard it, too.

He re-Tweeted every piece of skrell who ripped him. As it should be.

Put them through Google Translate, if you must. It’s not pretty.



That’s just a sample.

Even Canadian Peter Polansky, as nice and mild-mannered a guy as you’ll meet, has been hearing it – especially after he had zippo, nada against Robby Ginepri Thursday in Tallahassee.

And last week:


For the umpteenth time, we continue to wonder: why would anyone with any sort of renown ever put themselves through the crap people type on Twitter? Except for the untouchables like the Fed or Nadal, we don’t see any upside for them – at all.

Athletic confidence is fragile enough as it is.

(Illustration from bestthinking.com)

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2 thoughts on “If you lose a match, don’t go on Twitter

  1. I like to think that for every person who thinks that it’s ok to be nasty and rude like this there are 10 who are the exact opposite. Only way to keep having faith in humanity!

    • Right on. Otherwise, there’s kind of not much point. Even for me, I’m amazed at some of the hateful e-mails and messages I’ve gotten in my career – yet never once, face to face, has any reader EVER been anything but nice. It amuses me now, but I took it personally when I started.

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