British number 2 Heather Watson has taken to Twitter today to remind the world how tough life on the tour is.
Following a tight three set defeat to Nicole Gibbs in Beijing qualifying, Watson took to Twitter to express her disappointment in a lack of support, criticising those that are cheering her on when in good form but aren’t there for her in the tricky periods.
It’s funny b/c when times are good, people support you. But when times are tough people are quiet… And that’s when you need them most.
Watson has struggled for form this year and has made no secret about how tough she finds life on the tour. This brave message reminds the world that tennis is an individual sport and criticism – or a drop in support – really impacts the players. The former US Open junior champion was backed by fellow professionals Lara Arruabarenna and Jonny O’Mara, and received deserved support from fans across the world.
When times are tough is when you realize who’s always with you for good and bad… so it’s also good to figured that out
— Lara Arruabarrena (@laraarrua) September 29, 2017
— Jonny O’Mara (@Jonny_OMara) September 29, 2017
It’s not the first time Watson has been outspoken and criticised those who are negative towards her. She told critics that women should be comfortable in her own skin, after being questioned on her appearance by online trolls earlier this year. Today’s defiant message should be welcomed with open arms and should make tennis fans question the reason they love the sport if they are happy to drench players with negativity, or stop supporting their favourite players, following a defeat.
The loss in Beijing means Watson is still looking for a win in a main draw since Wimbledon, where she impressed by reaching the third round. She has been confirmed on the entry list at the Luxembourg Open later in October, alongside Victoria Azarenka and Eugenie Bouchard, where she will be hoping to end the year with a fourth WTA title.