Tennys Sandgren has shot to fame following his quarter-final appearance at the Australian Open. But fame is a double edged sword, something that Sandgren has learnt the hard way, after a tweet of his resurfaced on social media, wherein he had taken a dig at Serena Williams with a distasteful comment.
Sandgren has been criticised heavily for following a lot of ‘far-right figures’ on Twitter and his political alignment.
But apart from that there was this article that he had shared, about Serena abusing Vinci and had tweeted that with the caption that read ‘Disgusting’.
The tennis fraternity went berserk over Sandgren’s tweets, even going as far as to label him as a racist.
Also, the issue was that a screenshot that had surfaced on social media, did not have the link to the article that Sandgren has tweeted, instead it just had Serena’s image with the caption ‘Disgusting’.
Serena responded to the entire controversy in the morning(when Sandgren was on court) by tweeting “Turns channel”.
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) January 24, 2018
Sandgren didn’t take the criticism very well, deleting his tweets and firing back at the media during his post match press conference.
“You seek to put people in these little boxes so that you can order the world in your already assumed preconceived ideas. You strip away any individuality for the sake of demonising by way of the collective.” Sandgren said.
Sandgren was visibly livid with the media and wanted that to be put across in his press conference.
“You dehumanise with pen and paper and turn neighbour against neighbour. In so doing, you may actually find you’re hastening the hell you wish to avoid, the hell we all wish to avoid.”
He conceded to the fact that he couldn’t stop people from taking screenshots and distributing content online and thus wanted to start afresh by deleting all his tweets.
“People can screenshot, save and distribute everything they would like to. I know that, and that’s fine. It is what it is. It’s just something that I thought wouldn’t be a bad way to kind of move forward.”
Sandgren was absolutely battered in his quarter-final against Chung, losing in straight sets, but he’ll be hoping that this Australian Open experience(on and off court) will help him becoming a better player and a better person in the future.