EX-WIMBLEDON junior winner Sofya Zhuk received an ‘avalanche’ of ‘aggressive’ messages after sharing a topless snap.
The 20-year-old Russian is now a successful model in Miami after being forced to quit tennis due to a back injury.
Sofya Zhuk loves to share snaps of herself in her bikini to InstagramCredit: https://www.instagram.com/sofya_zhuk/
Sofya Zhuk was considered to be one of the most talented young tennis players in RussiaCredit: https://www.instagram.com/sofya_zhuk/
She loves to share sexy selfies and snaps from her modelling shoots with her 59,000 Instagram followers.
But Zhuk was bombarded with hate mail from fans when she stripped off for a topless photograph.
According to RT, the former Wimbledon star said: “I didn’t get quite what was the big deal.
“I posted a photo, so what? When I share something, I’m not trying to send any message.
“I’m just posting a picture that I like.
“But when I shared that [topless] photo, I received an avalanche of messages.
“Normally I wouldn’t bother about them, but this [time] around they were so aggressive.
“I just think people simply can’t accept that I’ve found myself outside tennis, that I can live happily without sport and not sinking into depression.”
The former tennis player is signed to Elite Model Management MiamiCredit: https://www.instagram.com/sofya_zhuk/
Before she focused her career on modelling, the Russian won the 2015 Wimbledon girls’ singles title at the age of 15.
Zhuk made her WTA Tour singles debut at the 2016 Miami Open.
She received a wild card into the main draw, but lost in straight sets to Zhang Shuai in the first round.
The model ended her tennis career with a record of 3-4 before she confirmed she could no longer play.
In a lengthy Instagram post, shared in April, she said: “Everyday I get questions about if I stopped playing tennis and why and when or if I will be back.
“I want to make it clear that I understand why you want to know and my answer is – I have not played for seven months now because for a few years I’ve been struggling with serious injuries and always had to play with lots of pain.
“I loved tennis but it got to the point where I wanted to be pain free and mentally be able to live freely and think about my health and future.”
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