Eugenie Bouchard may have 2.1 million Instagram followers — and that is not always a good thing.
“There’s a lot of positive out there,” the Canadian tennis star recently told CNN. “And I realize that everybody has haters.”
The 26-year-old tennis player, who has become a social media sensation over the years, has learned to combat the noise, noting it’s a “waste of time” focusing on the negative commentary.
“Try to take it as a reverse-compliment and just realize it’s someone who maybe has their own issues or is mean or negative and you shouldn’t worry about someone like that,” Bouchard said. “You shouldn’t worry about their opinion, so I really try to take a step back from it and not take it personally.”
Bouchard’s on-court form has stumbled since 2014 when she was a semifinalist at the Australian and French Open before falling to Petra Kvitova in the Wimbledon final. She is currently ranked No. 332 in the world.
Bouchard has been passing the time during the coronavirus lockdown by going online, where she was flooded with dating resumes in March after tweeting that quarantining “would be a lot more fun with a boyfriend.”
“My agent just informed me you guys are sending ‘dating resumes’ to the email in my bio YALL NEED TO STOP,” she said at the time.
Bouchard recently went on a virtual date with comedian Bob Menery, who donated money to charity in exchange for that quality time, according to CNN.
Last week, Bouchard’s All-In Challenge closed out at $85,000, with the winner getting the opportunity to dine with the athlete, in addition to going to any tennis tournament with a guest.
“85K?!?!? you guys are AMAZING!!! i’m so grateful and proud of you all for joining me on this project. i can’t wait to meet the winner!” she posted to Instagram.