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Social media can be a dark place at the best of times but for an athlete who has just had a failure the last thing that anyone should be doing is sending them death threats, stop being d*cks people. South Africa's Kevin Anderson revealed in the wake of his first round exit at Wimbledon he was greeted with death threats.
Anderson led two sets to nil in his first round match with Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin having won the first two 6-4, 7-6 but lost the next three 6-4' 7-6, 6-3 as the world number 25 crashed out of Wimbledon.
The 30 year old revealed after the match that he received threats on social media, mainly from people who had bet on him to win, saying, "It pretty much happens after every match regardless of the circumstances. People who have bet on the match tend to take to social media and say very inappropriate things."
And he also turned to social media:
Bummed to have lost yesterday, but at least I had a ton of death threats on facebook and twitter to make me feel better about things...- Kevin Anderson (@kevinanderson18) June 28, 2016
Anderson depressingly added that it's something he became used to adding: "It's just something you have to deal with as a professional athlete who is in the limelight.
"You can't obviously read too much into it, you let it run off your back. It would be nicer if you didn't [have to], but that's the reality of the world we live in."
On a positive note he did also thank those who actually support him rather than pathetically giving him abuse for losing, as if their bets is what matters when he loses.
Thanks to GOOD people out there who stick with me through this tough year. My #Wimbledon is done, looking forward to US Hardcourt Season.- Kevin Anderson (@kevinanderson18) June 28, 2016
The 30 year old has never got past the fourth round at SW19 and his bad run continued this year. He'll be looking forward to the US Open where he had his best slam run last year reaching the quarter finals.
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