Bouchard laments the ugly side of beauty
Sydney International: Eugenie Bouchard laments the ugly side of beauty
"If you can have results like I have had – right now I'm not having results, but I have had results – what's wrong with it? To get results and be known outside of the tennis world doing different shoots, be in magazines, to me I'm taking advantage of all the opportunities I have because of all the hard work I put in.
"For sure, people are jealous, but you have to see that as a backhanded compliment. Having all the haters, it means you've actually achieved something in life. As for the players on tour, I try to stay in my bubble and do my own thing. But I'm not going to let other people's thoughts or judgments put limitations on me.
"For me, tennis is my No.1 priority. People say, 'you do more photo shoots than practise'. I probably do less photo shoots than other players on tour. I just get the hate for it, I get the press for it. People are going to hate no matter what. I'm going to do me, do my life and that's it."
"I'm not here to socialise [with players]," Bouchard says.
"I'm friendly with my co-workers on tour, but I don't really consider anyone a true real friend. I'd rather focus on my work when I'm on tour. It's a tough sacrifice, but the benefits are so great as well. No 22-year-old I know has the capabilities I have, has achieved as much as I have. With great sacrifice comes great benefit. It's completely worth it.
"If my career were to end tomorrow it would have all been worth it. Obviously I want my career to go another 10 years and I want to achieve my ultimate dreams and goals, but my life is so unique compared to any other normal kid my age. Even if I never win another match on tour it's still worth it because it's an unbelievable experience."
"I've received death threats and things like that and have had some aggressive fans as well," she says.
"Unfortunately, that's part of it, but most of them are really nice and support me no matter what. Some cross the line a little bit, but I have people around me to look out for me. Unjustified hate and unintelligent hate, that disappoints me. For example, I'll practise six hours in a day and then go to the movies at night. What do I post on social media? I'll post about the movies because to me that's the cool part of my day.
"I practise every single day and that's my job. Eighty per cent of my day is about tennis, but I post about the 20 per cent I do something different and it's like 'why aren't you practicing?' I spent six hours on a tennis court today, but I didn't show any of you that. That unintelligent hate, that I just find disappointing."
"It wasn't the distractions that got to me," she says.
"It was the pressure and the expectations. The sudden fact that if I win it's normal, and if I lose it's a disaster. I try not to read about myself and I don't, but sometimes I'm forced to come face-to-face with when I talk to reporters and do press conferences because they ask 'do you think you're too focused on doing photo shoots' or 'oh, you've lost four games in a row, how do you feel about that?'
"That in a way made me realise what people were saying and I felt that put too much expectation on me. For me having that sudden target on my back that made my 2015 year really tough."
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