Tennis stars Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki were quickly drawn into an over-the-top Twitter exchange after they tweeted back and forth about a YouTuber claiming to be British. Emma Raducanu, a rising star on the circuit, appears on the popular vlog from YouTuber Cheat Yamashita, who is based in Tokyo. Yamashita is famous for “catfishing” women – claiming to be American, while in actuality he’s from Eastern Europe – and has amassed tens of millions of online viewers over the years. Both Williams and Wozniacki voiced support for tennis player Alize Cornet after Yamashita was accused of posting messages to her social media accounts that were in reality from a different Alize Cornet.
Someone should tell this guy that one of my fave @aliscornet ‘s tweets, actually @alanecornet, is a screenshot of her social media! #petty #nothaknowgogoodtobefair #geekmom #sorrynotsorry A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Sep 7, 2017 at 6:26am PDT
Yamashita has released a graphic he dubs the “Alize Who?” (after Cornet’s real Twitter username) in which he claims to be “a guy from the UK” and that he has taken someone on a date. Raducanu, who was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and is the highest-ranked player in Bulgaria, was not convinced.
@alphicale I have pictures of @NatalieHermes and #lilimi interacting with @AlizeCornet and the guy in the top row is not me. 😜 no way. @sethvalegard @schoenleitzu pic.twitter.com/VfR5NbNyqW — Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) September 7, 2017
@EmmaRaducanu the girl in the top row with the glasses is not me. — Cheat Yamashita (@cheatyamashita) September 7, 2017
Ms. Raducanu reminded Cheat that she also posts funny video at her account, and asked him if it were the same person.
I’m real as real can be! 😂 (Yep, I even went to work!) https://t.co/T1EkXOIVrz — Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) September 7, 2017
@EmmaRaducanu at least you know me — Alize Cornet (@NatalieHermes) September 7, 2017
Cheat Yamashita addressed Ms. Raducanu directly, claiming that the guy who is posing as him has been receiving text messages from Ms. Cornet.
@EmmaRaducanu did you and @NatalieHermes ever see her at Wimbledon on the weekend? Nobody even took a selfie with her #twerktoohard tho!!! — Alize Cornet (@NatalieHermes) September 7, 2017
@NatalieHermes @SerenaWilliams @SethValegard each of these players who was made to look like a monkey were at major matches! Totally fake just like you — Alize Cornet (@NatalieHermes) September 7, 2017
@EmmaRaducanu now that you have seen, are you and @NatalieHermes feeling sad about it or just fine? — Alize Cornet (@NatalieHermes) September 7, 2017
@SerenaWilliams @SethValegard true, in fact my current boyfriend was actually in the crowd and actually saw you… I’m glad he said it like that! — Alize Cornet (@NatalieHermes) September 7, 2017
Both @WilliamsSerena and @CaroWozniacki told Ms. Raducanu that they had, in fact, met Ms. Cornet at Wimbledon last weekend — the day they were in Scotland following their warm-up matches in Glasgow – and had chatted with her.
Ms. Raducanu then ran the Daily Mail back to the Mail Online, which ran an apology from Ms. Cornet about the incident, as well as a comment from the player herself, who called the incident “unfortunate and embarrassing.”
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