How French Open is using AI to protect players online

2023-05-28 15:36:51  • 5 mins

Social media allows fans to get closer to their favourite players - but it has a downside

They say don't read the comments - but it is easier said than done.

A lot of tennis players share their lives online, giving followers a glimpse into what happens on the tour. It is a way for fans to feel closer to players, and vice versa.

But for some, after a match - win or lose - the messages take on a very different tone.

Earlier in May, American Taylor Townsend shared a screenshot of the death threat and racist abuse she received in an email.

The catalyst? Townsend's third-round defeat in the Italian Open.

"I think fans would be surprised by some of the things not just you but your family get," world number six Coco Gauff said.

"I think that's why I feel like I've become more private with my life - I don't like to subject my friends and family to that."

This year, French Open organisers have offered players at the tournament artificial intelligence-protection from social media abuse - but what does it do and will players use it?

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