Heather Watson speaks on facing racial abuse her ‘whole career’

"It's sort of a daily thing," said the 27-year-old tennis player

PICTURED: Heather Watson

TENNIS PLAYER Heather Watson has opened up about the racial abuse she’s faced, stating that she’s been a target throughout her whole career.

The British number two, who reached the Wimbledon second round on Monday (Jul 1) over Caty McNally, said someone had been arrested last week for online abuse of players.

Speaking at a news conference, she said: It’s actually sad to say, but it’s pretty normal. It’s sort of a daily thing.”

She added: “I’ve had it throughout my whole career, I think. All the players get abuse online, which the WTA [international governing body of women’s tennis] are really good with and help us with all of that, investigating it all.

“Somebody got arrested. Not everyone is going to get arrested, are they? I’m glad there’s stuff being done, showing that you can’t get away with that, because it’s just hate. Nobody wants that.”

Watson, who’s mother is from Papa New GFuinea, said she has been called a “monkey”, with one troll telling her to “go back to the zoo.”

The 27-year-old will face Estonian 20th seed Anett Kontaveit for a place in the third round of the singles tomorrow (Jul 3).

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