The International Tennis Federation and other governing bodies announced a new monitoring programme on Wednesday to better protect tennis players from internet abuse and threats.
Moreover, the ITF, USTA, All England Club, and the women’s WTA circuit announced jointly that the “Threat Matrix” service will be available in 35 languages when it opens on January 1. Also read: Coach Carlos Moya Has Fear About Rafael Nadal Australian Open Comeback
“Tennis players are subject to significant levels of social media abuse and other inappropriate online contact, which poses risks to preparation, performance and mental health,” the statement read. “The Threat Matrix service will support the identification of abusers. The Threat Matrix will take all available measures.”
The new tool “will monitor players’ public-facing social media accounts for abusive and threatening content” on X, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and TikTok. Also read: Rafael Nadal Net Worth 2024, Prize Money, Endorsements, Cars, Houses, Properties, Charities Etc.
“Tennis must be a sport in which players can compete to the best of their ability, free from any form of harassment,” stated International Tennis Federation President David Haggerty. The men’s ATP tour, as well as the organisers of the Australian and French Opens, were not included in Wednesday’s announcement.