Anderson receives 'death threats' after Wimbledon exit

The towering South Africa was beaten Denis Istomin in five sets on day one of the grand slam in south-west London. To make matters worse, Anderson said he was given a torrent of abuse following his early exit at the All England Club.

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South Africa tennis player Kevin Anderson has been subjected to death threats by punters after his loss.

Kevin Anderson has revealed that he was subjected to death threats by punters who gambled on his first-round match at Wimbledon on Monday.

The towering South Africa was beaten Denis Istomin in five sets on day one of the grand slam in south-west London.

To make matters worse world number 25 Anderson said he was given a torrent of abuse following his early exit at the All England Club.

He told BBC World Service Sport: "It pretty much happens after every match regardless of the circumstances,

"People who have bet on the match tend to take to social media and say very inappropriate things."

He added: "It's just something you have to deal with as a professional athlete who is in the limelight,

"You can't obviously read too much into it, you let it run off your back. It would be nicer if you didn't [have to], but that's the reality of the world we live in."

Anderson also tweeted on Tuesday: "Bummed to have lost yesterday, but at least I had a ton of death threats on facebook and twitter to make me feel better about things..."