Despite missing much of the 2021 tour, including the US Open and the Olympics, Serena Williams was still targetted by trolls. Williams was second on the list, having received 18,118 toxic tweets in 2021.
Sir Andy Murray was the most trolled male tennis player in the top ten, receiving 11,732 negative tweets.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Novak Djokovic also received abuse on social media last year following a visa debacle and a row over his vaccination status. In 2021 he received over 8,000 abusive tweets, and a further 7,354 between January 4 and January 10 of this year as he caused a stir in Australia.
Other “Big 3” members Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were also subject to social media hate. Federer amassed over 4,200 negative tweets whereas the Spaniard received just over 3,500 abusive tweets.
Here’s how many abusive tweets the top ten most trolled tennis stars received in 2021:
Naomi Osaka: 32,415
Serena Williams: 18,118
Andy Murray: 11,732
Emma Raducanu: 10,094
Novak Djokovic: 8,439
Roger Federer: 4,261
Stefanos Tsitsipas: 4,084
Rafael Nadal: 3,588
Alexander Zverev: 3,454
Simona Halep: 3,181
The publication of the study follows fans claiming there is a double standard in the way tennis treats Novak Djokovic in comparison to Naomi Osaka or Serena Williams.
Meanwhile, the Australian Open has continued without Djokovic.