Alize Cornet Hits Back at Online Attackers Following her Defeat at the Winners Open

Published 08/04/2021, 2:31 AM EDT
MONTREAL, QC – AUGUST 08: Alize Cornet (FRA) shows dissatisfaction after missing a point during her second round match at WTA Coupe Rogers on August 8, 2018 at IGA Stadium in Montréal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Sport, no matter how great and entertaining, can often be extremely brutal and unfair. However, its brutality doesn’t always come from an unfortunate loss but rather from the reaction of fans towards that defeat. While players sometimes welcome harsh criticism, disrespectful comments, and worse, violent threats should be absolutely condemned. Leading the charge against the online abuses player’s face, Alize Cornet has hit back at attackers who stormed her DMs post her loss.

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The French international has been making headlines, ever since her notable performance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, it was the 31-year-old’s recent outing in Winners Open in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, that made her victim of online abuse. Despite the hate, Alize was not one to sit back quietly and decided to take the fight to her attackers.

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“Long live sports bettors”- Alize Cornet

As the top seed in the tournament, Alize was termed favorite to win the title. However, her shocking defeat to Egypt’s Mayar Sherif stunned many. As a result, tennis enthusiasts reacted to her defeat with hate comments and violent threats, the kind Alize would not accept; She took to Twitter to share her befitting reply to the ridiculous comments. She said, “I played it at the @jdoreofficiel, tonight… and still I have a good fifty in stock! It seems that the mental health of athletes is in tune with the times… We understand better why! Long live sports bettors.” 

(Quotes have been translated with Google Translate)

Sharing the screenshot of the threats she received in her Dm’s she said, “A small overview of my comments after the match.”

Undoubtedly, the reaction of these apparent ‘fans’ is uncalled for. In recent weeks, the tennis world has witnessed more players spark conversations surrounding the mental health of their peers. From the likes of Serena Williams to Naomi Osaka, each has spoken over the negligence of mental health in the sport, demanding stricter action from online authorities and media outlets.

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Disappointing end for the top seed

Focusing on the happenings of the game, Mayar Sherif beat Alize Cornet in shocking straight sets. The baseliner, who often uses her opponent’s pace against them, couldn’t replicate the same at the Winners Open. As a result, she lost the game 6-2, 6-4. Regardless, nobody should be subjected to online hate.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 28: Alize Cornet of France celebrates after winning her Ladies’ Singles third round match against Serena Williams of the United States on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Alize’s character and courage should also be credited enough for exposing hate comments and giving them a befitting reply. However, her effort is a statement to condemn such acts, not get accustomed to them.

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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