‘I’m going to have nine million death threats’: Shelby Rogers braces for social media abuse after US Open loss

Player had to be hospitalised after being struck in the face during match

‘I’m going to have nine million death threats’: Shelby Rogers braces for social media abuse after US Open loss

Shelby Rogers on Thursday will head into her first-round match at the US Open having to go through a process of psychotherapy following a smashing defeat during the second round of the French Open.

Rogers was left hospitalised after being struck in the face during a match with Freya Christie, a teenage qualifier from Britain, at Roland Garros in Paris last week.

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The 21-year-old South Carolina player was forced to undergo surgery to repair her broken nose and hours after the match Rogers’ father was also hospitalised with a reported stress-related illness.

Rogers said her father, who underwent several days of tests, would need some professional counselling of his own after seeing their daughter at their hotel for the first time since her win.

“On Wednesday we went over there,” she said. “He’s actually one of the people who’s being treated now as well, probably with a lot of help from my dad and everybody else around.

“It’s kind of a new world to see it happening to your kids and to see it happening in person that you’re not really used to. But it has been great. My dad is a fighter. So he’s had really, really good support from our family and the hospital and he just had three really good days there.”

Rogers was knocked out of the French Open 6-3 6-3 by Christie but the 2012 Junior US Open champion is confident of finishing the year strongly with a good showing at the US Open where she won the title as a teenager in 2016.

“You know it’s just a game of life, you can’t just kind of get mad and think: ‘Oh they do what they do’,” Rogers said. “I do think he’s going to be great. He’s been really supportive and with that having happened, I feel it kind of gives me more motivation and fire to want to be there.”

Rogers said even though she was expecting the mental challenges of top tennis to be there she never expected to be hit by a ball in the face.

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