Nick Kyrgios has lashed out at social media trolls, revealing he has received ‘racial comments and slurs’.
Kyrgios has never been shy of using his social media platforms to make often controversial comments or direct criticism to his fellow players.
Novak Djokovic, Boris Becker, and Borna Coric are just a few of the many names who have been on the receiving end of a Kyrgios attack on twitter.
However, he says there is another side of it which has involved a racism element, and he has now taken aim at those people, who he says must have ‘such s**t lives.’
“People are just idiots, really, on social media,” he told the press after he won his mixed doubles match with Venus Williams.
“Everyone seems to think they have some sort of voice on social media and it’s bad because it can affect people’s mental health.
“I’m a player that deals with it every single day. Now that I don’t care about it, I still see it and it’s not so easy to block out.
“It’s taken me years and years of resilience and maturity to now not really care about it so much. But it affects people.
“It got really bad for me to the point where I didn’t want to play tournaments. I didn’t want to go out there and play because I knew all I was receiving were negative comments that were hurtful.
“Whether it was racism comments, racial slurs, just little things or anything that would destroy my confidence.
“With the way social media’s going it’s always going to be there.
“You have people that have nothing going on in their life and are so hateful.
“They have such a s**t life that they just have to find things to beat down other people. It’s awful, it’s really tough.”
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