Caroline Wozniacki says she, family subject to threats from Miami Open crowd

Ruben Hill
March 25, 2018

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki claimed in a Twitter post Saturday that fans threatened her and her family the day before the Miami Open, yet security did not address the situation.

The Dane - who appeared to speak to the umpire about the incidents during the match - also said she was subject to unrepeatable abuse, while her fiance's niece and nephew were also targets. "I am fully aware that tennis is a game of wins and losses", she said.

According to Wozniacki, "security and staff did nothing to prevent this and even accepted this to take place".

So far, the Miami Open has been a thrilling tournament with numerous upsets including Wozniacki, Naomi Osaka and a near defeat of Venus Williams. However, she said the disappointing performance didn't mean her family deserved to be tormented in the crowd.

She said she hopes the tournament takes her complaints about the crowd behavior seriously because "it's a awful example to set for the next generation of tennis players and fans".

The 27-year-old Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open earlier this year, and is now ranked No. 2 in the world.

Caroline Wozniacki suffered a surprise second round loss to Monica Puig in the Miami Open Friday.

Puig only managed to win five points against the Wozniacki serve in the first set, but the Olympic gold medallist rallied for her second victory in five meetings between the pair. "I have been waiting for this and to finally start finding myself again". Given the local demographics, Puig would naturally have expected to earn the crowd's support in Miami, where Spanish is virtually the first language.

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