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‘Fake Account’ Puts Tennis Journalist in Trouble as Serena Williams’ Best Friend Caroline Wozniacki Exposes His Fault in Controversial Simona Halep Case

Published 09/21/2023, 2:32 PM EDT

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In today’s day and age of social media, the difference between reality and fakery has diminished. Ask Caroline Wozniacki, who became a victim of one such confusing instance recently. A journalist named Jon Wertheim was involved in the incident when he mistook a parody account as that of Wozniacki’s. As this incident came to light, the comeback star broke her silence on this subject.

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The quotes attributed to Wozniacki were regarding Simona Halep. The latter was punished with a four-year ban for doping violations and has suffered a massive backlash since. Wozniacki issued a strong response against the confusion caused by the journalist.

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The incident took place on Twitter, where the journalist put down the quotes taken from a fake account and attributed them to the former World No. 1, Wozniacki. Later, he realized his mistake and issued a clarification message.

Wertheim said, To retierate – The quotes attributed yesterday to @CaroWozniacki came from either a hacked account or an impersonator account… The story has been corrected to reflect this.” But the tennis star would not let go so easily.


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Hitting back at the journalist, Wozniacki said, “This was NOT a hacked account. You simply did not do your research to see it was a fake account with no verified check mark on it! Very simple to see on Instagram!”

Meanwhile, Wozniacki opted to stay silent on Halep’s doping ban case. Although her friends like Serena have given their thoughts on this matter, the Danish star has stayed neutral throughout the case. However, ever since Wertheim put out the quotes from the fake account, Wozniacki was in damage-control mode.


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Wozniacki clears the air

Before slamming the journalist for the reckless mistake, the former World Number 1 posted a clarification message for her fans. She revealed her ordeal by saying, “To be ABSOLUTELY CLEAR those quotes were NOT from me, but instead were taken from an account on Instagram that pretended to be me, and didn’t have the check mark.”

Jon Wertheim attributed the quotes to Wozniacki, misrepresenting what she had to say on the Romanian star’s doping ban based on the parody account. Wozniacki was of the opinion that the unfortunate event could have been avoided if the journalist would have contacted her or checked the account from where the quotes were taken.


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The Danish star, who made a comeback earlier this year, will look to shift her focus back to tennis and aim to get this event behind her. It’ll be interesting to see how her comeback to tennis pans out in the upcoming tournaments.

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Vatsal Shah


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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.
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