Indian tennis legend S.a Mirza has won many Grand Slams and won many trophies. But many controversies were also seen in his sports career. The Hyderabad-born tennis player was once made fun of for wearing short clothes on the tennis court. The fact that he did it regardless only makes his haters even more upset. Despite all the obstacles, S.a continued to play. Remember, in 2005 a fatwa was issued in S.a’s name because a group of Muslim clerics wanted her to cover herself properly while playing tennis.

The media also wrote a lot about S.a’s dress code, which she did not like. Worth noting is that since the beginning of the internet, she has been a regular target of hate on Twitter as well, being trolled for wearing something, being fat or marrying a Pakistan cricketer. In a conversation with GeoCinema, S.a opened up about her love-hate relationship with the media and how she deals with her haters.

“I think a lot of it was created by the media because it got boring to talk about the same girl who played forehand and backhand every day, so how much would they want to talk about it. So, it got boring and they wanted to spice it up and a lot of my issues that happened to me in my early years were unfortunately created by the media. And it was like that. And I never p.cked. And that’s because I had my parents. I knew that he had my back no matter what. And I think that’s where my parents came in, where they had this solid foundation for me, where I believed, no matter what happens in my life, this core feeling that I have will never go away. S.a said, “My friends, family and other things. So, I was never afraid of doing anything because I always knew they would support me.”

S.a also criticized the media for writing more about her than her clothing size and tennis skills. However, she said that most of the reporters she met were kind to her and her tennis.

“I think media is not trolling, media is media. I have a hate relationship with the media. Lately, there has been more love than hate. Earlier there used to be more hatred than love. But, in the process, I’ve also made some great friends in the media, I think initially when I came in, everyone was taken by surprise because there was no other female athlete who was a star. And so it was a fun journey for both of us. I guess they were learning. I was jumping on them. They were pouncing on me. At some point it got boring to talk only about forehand and backhand. So, they started talking about what I wore, who I had dinner with and who I didn’t, why I had dinner. So, I guess they needed to sell their newspapers and I needed to protect my s.ty. But over time,

Rahul Dev

Cricket Jounralist at Newsdesk

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