Wozniacki complains of verbal abuse by Miami Open crowd

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Wozniacki complains of verbal abuse by Miami Open crowd
Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, questions the chair umpire about noise during her match against Monica Puig, of Puerto Rico, at the Miami Open tennis tournament early Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Puig defeated Wozniacki 0-6, 6-4, 6-4. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Reigning Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki says she and her family were targets of verbal abuse and threats from the crowd during her opening match at the Miami Open, which she lost to Monica Puig.

In a statement Saturday posted on Twitter, Wozniacki said the tournament did nothing to prevent the abuse.

Tournament director James Blake responded that while the crowd was “loud and passionate,” Miami Open staff, WTA Tour officials and courtside security were unaware during the match of any threats made.

Wozniacki lost 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 Friday night. She said she hopes the tournament takes her complaints about the crowd behavior seriously because “it’s a horrible example to set for the next generation of tennis players and fans.”

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