Never in the field of human romance have so many poured out so much hate for just one. At least, that is how it seemed last week following the revelations of a steamy romance between tennis star Paradorn Srichapan and Thai-American pop star Amita 'Tata' Young. The pair were spotted canoodling in the stands after Paradorn - the world No11, Asia's top player and something approaching a god in this country - was knocked out of the inaugural Thailand Open tournament. Two days later, after Paradorn, 24, jetted off to Spain for his next match, Young, 23, called a press conference in a Bangkok hotel room and proudly showed a fluffy toy she said 'Ball' (his nickname) had bought for her. She then handed out copies of her mobile phone bill - proof, she said, of Paradorn's affections, adding that he had asked for an 'exclusive, intimate relationship'. And then all hell broke loose. In an unprecedented outpouring of public contempt and scorn for a celebrity, Young was pilloried in the media almost ceaselessly for the next three or four days. One Thai magazine led the way, with a cover photograph of Young in the grandstand, thrusting her ice cream under Paradorn's nose for him to slurp. 'No promotion of love!' the headline said, alluding to Young's just released new album. On Channel Three's top-rating morning talk show The Story This Morning, callers refused to speak of anything else. 'That hussy,' raged one. 'How dare she think she's good enough for our Paradorn. She's nothing but a self-promoting, bad-mannered woman.' Another urged Thais to 'scrum her in the street' if Paradorn's form dipped because of the relationship. Then the tennis star's mother, Ubol, stepped into the fray, warning Young to leave her son alone and let him concentrate on his game. 'This was a one-sided announcement,' she said of the press conference, 'and it's hardly the way a woman with traditional Thai values should behave'. Even his grandmother got in on the act, saying she did not understand young people these days. Until now, Paradorn's love life has been low key. He has been seen on the arms of various actress-model-whatever types but insisted none were serious relationships.