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.
You would think that with almost 33 you don’t choke anymore… But apparently chocking has no age deadline. This one is a killer!
— Jurgen Melzer (@jojomelzer) May 1, 2014
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.
@GuillermoGLopez aora ponte a retuitear a todos tus colegas paleto de La Roda,eres un mercenario,medas asco desde hace años,tenista basura
— Tonnetti (@jado19jado) May 1, 2014
@GuillermoGLopez Vaya cara que tienes hijo de puta
— ADRIAN CANTELI (@ADRIANELTETE) May 1, 2014
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:
This guy sounds pretty serious. I don’t think I can go to Europe to play French open now. pic.twitter.com/cmG0pX6uf4
— Peter Polansky (@PPolansky) April 25, 2014
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)