On Sunday, Harry Styles announced he was dropping out of the U.S. Open.
He has been under pressure from the media and the tennis community for months.
His comments about being booed in a press conference during the second round of the tournament made headlines around the world.
Styles is not the first to be caught off-guard by the backlash.
In August, Australian tennis star Sam Querrey announced he would drop out of this year’s U.N. Women’s Championship because of his decision to wear a black turtleneck in an image that drew widespread condemnation from women’s rights activists.