The WTA has begun working with tennis' governing bodies to protect it's players from online abuse, a matter that has spiked in frequency over the last couple of years.
Players on the WTA and ATP tours are often subjected to hateful comments and sometimes death threats from online, especially if they lose a match that costs a gambler money. The WTA has decided to tackle this problem by joining forces with the governing bodies of the sport to address the issue and protect it's players from the added stress of dealing with this type of behavior.
Innovative service developed to counter online abuse
The WTA will collaborate with the ITF, WTA, AELTC and USTA on the initiative. The players will use Threat Matrix — a specialist service developed by AI company Signify Group. The service will begin in on January1, 2024. The service will cover all partner tournaments sanctioned by the organizations involved and any player who competes regularly in an ITF World Tennis Tour, or WTA Tour event, Wimbledon and the US Open.