Todd Woodbridge has called out an online troll who said it was a “shame” that his recent heart attack didn’t “end” the Australian tennis legend.
Woodbridge condemned the message sent on Instagram while he was on commentary duty for Nine at the Australian Open, describing the troll’s behaviour as “unacceptable”.
“Matt didn’t like my commentary alongside Jim Courier but this sort of behaviour is unacceptable and needs to be called out,” Woodbridge tweeted from Melbourne.
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The message from the troll said: “Just (an) old has been trying to stay in the limelight. Shame (the) heart attack didn’t end you”.
Woodbridge suffered a mild heart attack at the age of 51 in October last year.
He was working out at home when he began to feel an odd feeling in his chest.
“I’d done a bit of a warm-up, started to do some weights, and I got a bit of a feeling, like one finger being pushed into the middle of my chest,” Woodbridge told told Wide World of Sports at the time.
“I tried to shake it out, like you do sometimes, thinking it’s come from working out, but it wouldn’t go away.
“It started to spread across my chest. It wasn’t pain, it was like a heavy pressing. I was short of breath, got the sweats, I felt nausea which made me go pale white.”
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Woodbridge warned people against being complacent with their health.
“The message is don’t put off what you’ve been saying you’ll do. A day becomes a week, which becomes a month, then six months, and before you know it a year has gone by and you haven’t done what you need to do for your health,” Woodbridge said.
“The most important thing to remember is you need to do it not just for yourself, but for your family and your friends.
“They are the ones who’ll take it hard if something does happen.”
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