SnookerFan wrote:I remember at the 2017 Masters, when they had been talking about the famous 2007 edition when the crowd got on Ding's back. It had been reported that the people on at Ding were yobbish Ronnie fans, and though I'm sure that was in part true, Neal Foulds was talking about how a lot of his detractors were Chinese people who had come to watch Ding. When Ronnie started running away with it, they were getting in Ding's face. Telling him he was a disgrace to his country, that they wanted no part of him in his culture. Just because he was losing one match.
If that's true, and I have no reason to doubt Fould's words, imagine the impact that would have on Ding. He was a young man at the time. Left his country behind, in a land where he is still learning the language. And you got people from his home cussing down and telling him how ashamed they are of him.
There's already pressure on players, but there'd have been a lot more on him. A lot of people in our culture wouldn't necessarily understand that.
Yes that's true. When Ding is losing matches, there's a lot of activity on Chinese social media really laying into him: how rich and spoilt he is, that he should retire, commit suicide, etc. It's not just with Ding either, Lyu Haotian really got hammered after his breakdown in 2015 (they weren't aware of what had happened to him as a 15-year old). Of course, other players have had similar attacks on social media, but the Chinese players have higher expectations as 'national hero' status.