Roger Federer says young tennis stars need to be protected from social media abuse


oger Federer has suggested that the next generation of tennis stars like Emma Raducanu need “help” to prevent abuse on social media affecting them.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion does not believe he would have been able to come through in this era, such is the level of criticism that today’s players are subjected to.

“I was following Emma Raducanu’s incredible run in Wimbledon and also Naomi Osaka these last few years,” Federer said in an interview with GQ.

“It’s been amazing, both of their stories, but it hurts when you see what happens and when they don’t feel well.

“I think we do need to help, coach and mentor the younger generation more. I can’t imagine going through the beginning of my career with social media.

“For every 10 nice comments there’s always one negative comment and, of course, that is the one you focus on. It’s a horrible situation.”

Before becoming an unlikely US Open champion in New York earlier in September, Raducanu had pulled out of her fourth-round match at Wimbledon this summer after suffering breathing difficulties.

Meanwhile, four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka has taken breaks from the sport this year after struggling with her mental health.

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