Taylor Fritz's girlfriend, Morgan Riddle, has lifted the lid on how she was 'harassed' and 'groped' at the Super Bowl by NFL fans. The 26-year-old spent the weekend in Las Vegas with friends to watch the Kansas City Chiefs clinch the Super Bowl in overtime 25-22.
But her experience was not a good one, taking to social media to share her harrowing time in Las Vegas. "Wasn’t going to post about this but I actually think it's important to. I can’t believe the level of harassment we dealt with this weekend from grown men," she wrote on her Instagram story.
"In the last 3 days, I've been grabbed, groped, harassed, cat called incessantly – basically every few minutes when we were out in public. And it was really bad at the game today. We couldn’t even enjoy the game without getting bothered by drunk, rude, gross male fans. It’s extremely stressful and scary."
The tennis WAG also shared a picture of herself inside a toilet stall, where she said she spent the entirety of the third quarter of the game having a panic attack. "There was a father at the game with his son who looked about 10 years old. He used his kid as a vehicle to try to hit on us – and his own son, a child, turned to him and said ‘Dad, what are you doing?’ How do you think little boys become obnoxious men?" Riddle wrote.
"I have male sports fans who follow me and luckily I've never experienced something like this with tennis but I just hope any guy reading this understands the gravity of your words and actions, were all just there to try and watch a football game. Getting grabbed by grown men is scary and insensitive."
Fans threw their support behind Riddle, saying no one deserves to be harassed while hanging out with friends and shared similar experiences. "I'm so sorry you experienced that at the Super Bowl. As a national TV reporter who's been in the NFL for over a decade I'm sadly not surprised," US podcaster and TV host Courtney Fallon wrote.
Others thanked her for shedding light on the issue. "Thanks for being vulnerable and open. I love what you are about already but yesterday seemed a difficult share for you, as it would be for anyone," one user commented. While another added: "Proud of you for shining a spotlight about your experience at the game. It's never okay for men or women to make unwarranted and inappropriate advancements on strangers".
Morgan Riddle credited for bringing more fans to tennis
Riddle - who has dated Fritz for nearly four years - has amassed a following of 240,000 on Instagram and more than 700,000 on TikTok. She shares predominately pictures and videos of her getting ready to support Fritz at his tennis matches.
While in Melbourne supporting her boyfriend at the Australian Open earlier this year, Riddle said she's proud she can help expand the tennis fan base. "I cover the younger generation, the teenage girl fans of tennis because I think tennis, media and the sport in general underestimate how many of them there are,” Riddle told The Age.
"I realised that there was a gap in this content market. There are a lot of content creators focusing on the sport of tennis, the scores, the players and the guy with the great backhand.
"But 50 per cent of tennis fans are women. They love that part of it, but they love everything else around it too. They want to see the outfits, the travel, the lifestyle."
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