Former World No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard has spoken out about how social media trolls have affected her and what she posts online.
Former World No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard on social media trolls
The 26 year old Bouchard has dropped in the rankings from No.
5 in the world to outside the Top 300. While she still has a huge fan following and remains one of the most followed figures in tennis on social media, Bouchard says that people comment only on what they see, without having any background or context.
According to Yahoo Sports Australia, Bouchard says, "I really try to refrain from posting bikini pictures. I really do. I’m trying my best. Apparently if you post that it means you don’t play tennis or something.
It’s influenced a little bit how I act. Maybe I’m just getting more mature and I’m like, ‘Look, I’m not going to post butt pictures every day’”. Bouchard says that social media is not a real representation of people's lives and people do not see the hard work she may be putting in to her tennis when they comment on her pictures.
“I’ve been through the whole spectrum of people loving you. When everything’s going great, people love you. When everything’s going bad, people hate you. I’ve been through that wave so many times. It just sucks.
People think social media is an exact representation of your day when it’s not. I can go running for eight hours then go to dinner and post a selfie and people think I just went to dinner. People need to realise it’s only what people choose to show, that’s what’s out there”.
While several players have chosen not to travel to play events as the tour resumes, Bouchard has travelled to Prague this week to compete in the WTA Prague Open and won her first round match on Monday, a comprehensive 6-0, 6-3 win over Veronika Kudermetova.
Bouchard said she has been working hard in recent months during the lockdown as she hopes to resurrect her career - something that has been endorsed even by Gil Reyes, the former trainer of Andre Agassi, who she has worked with as well.
She is also working with Rennae Stubbs in Prague. Eugenie Bouchard will play the winner of the match between Tamara Zidanšek and Kateřina Siniaková in the second round in Prague. (Picture via Twitter account of Eugenie Bouchard)