We are human: Swiatek on cyberbulling

Shubham Singh
25 May 2022
We are human: Swiatek on cyberbulling

The Polish tennis star had a lot to say about online harassment that athletes face on a regular basis. This has become a rather core subject for many athletes who keep suffering from distress due to the racist, homophobic, sexist, transphobic, and various modes of mean comments that are made on the internet. Swiatek opened up about the subject thoroughly. Below is a small chunk of that.

We are human. It is easy to write a message and push publish. But most of the time they wouldn't say it to our faces. I feel like it could be a sign of weakness and maybe it is worth changing perspective and notice that at both sides there are humans. I'm the kind of person who tries to avoid reading all the stuff sent to me. I don't usually use my phone too much during tournaments. Sometimes I get messages but during a tournament I'm just too focused on the things I have to work on. When I do go on Instagram I'm not checking the other inboxes where messages from accounts you don't follow go. I go on Instagram and Twitter but I only follow the profiles of people I know and I don't look at those of people who are talking about me. So I'm not reading these kind of bad messages but I know some other players are.

Iga Swiatek

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