Aussie tennis legend Todd Woodbridge has taken to social media to expose an 'unacceptable' comment he received from a troll about his recent heart attack scare. Woodbridge suffered a 'mild' heart attack last October but has since been given a clean bill of health.
On Wednesday night he took to Twitter to call out a disgusting comment from a troll who wasn't happy with his commentary at the Australian Open. The person wrote: "Just a (sic) old has been trying to stay in the lime light. Shame they (sic) heart attack didn't end you."
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Woodbridge shared a screenshot of the message and wrote: "Matt didn’t like my commentary alongside Jim Courier but this sort of behaviour is unacceptable and needs to be called out."
Aussie tennis player Luke Saville commented: "Wow, that's disgusting mate." Lucy Turnbull, the wife of former prime minster Malcolm Turnbull, wrote: "Vile. The amount of times trolls on twitter utter angry commands like ‘shut up’ and much worse is just horrible.
"I wonder what their friends and families would think about it. They hide behind the cloak of anonymity. Still ugly behaviour. Keeping on strong is the best response!"
Retired Austrian tennis player Barbara Schett-Eagle labelled it "horrible", while radio host Dave Williams called it "so unacceptable".
Todd Woodbridge opens up on heart attack scare
Speaking to the Herald Sun last year, Woodbridge said about his heart scare: "I tried to keep my routine having travelled to the US Open and London and I was just exercising and had chest pains and every symptom when you look up Google - full sweats and I felt awful.
“I had a little heart episode that goes down as a mild heart attack which is a bit of a shock to me. And you’re personally still coming to terms with somebody like myself who I consider to lead a pretty good fit healthy lifestyle - I keep active, I eat well, I do all the right things, I enjoy doing that.
"It’s been a wake up call to me to make sure I look after myself. If it can happen to me it shows that it can happen to anybody.”
Woodbridge said during an interview with 3AW radio that he “didn’t think it was going to happen to me". Both of his brothers died in their 50s, leaving him extra cautious about his own health.
"My dad carried a pretty heavy cholesterol issue. I have that, and as we spoke about in (podcast) What Makes You Tick, I lost both of my brothers in their 50s," he said.
"I've hit that age now where I need to make sure that I have regular testing, get to the doctors," he added. "I've been fortunate enough to go and get all the tests and I'm OK. With good monitoring and a bit of mild medication moving forward, I'll be fine.
"But what I did learn was how important hereditary genes are to your health and I am aware that both my mum and dad have had a few issues with needing some stents and my dad had very high cholesterol. If I take care of that I have the ability to be fine into the future. But if you don't take care of that, you are putting yourself at risk."
Woodbridge won 16 grand slam doubles titles as one half of the famous 'Woodies' with Mark Woodforde. He also won six grand slam titles in mixed doubles. The 51-year-old is now a popular commentator for Channel 9 alongside fellow Aussie great Jelena Dokic.
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