Eugenie Bouchard is tired of people assuming that she is too focused on social media to care about her tennis career. Due to ongoing criticism about her bikini pics, the athlete will no longer share those photos on social media.

Bouchard’s tennis career has been filled with its fair share of ups and downs. However, the public’s focus on her failures has made her reevaluate what she chooses to share on social media apps like Instagram and Twitter.

During an interview with, the 26-year-old revealed that she’s struggled to deal with the way that people form opinions about her based on her social content.

“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,” she explained. “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.”

Bouchard admitted that the criticism about some of her social media posts has changed the way she uses her social platforms.

“I just don’t value the opinions of people who are out there just judging what I put out there. And I really try to refrain from posting bikini pictures, I really do,” she confessed.

“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 revealed that people often assume the worst of her even though she remains dedicated to her tennis career.

“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 realize it’s only what people choose to show, that’s what’s out there,” she shared.

“I went through the whole spectrum of wanting to post, not wanting to post, being scared, being like, ‘eff all of you guys, I’m going to still live my life.’ I just don’t even care anymore, it’s just exhausting.”

Although people think Bouchard spends way too much time on social media, she revealed that she depends on her more than 2.1 million Instagram followers to land sponsors.

“One-hundred percent [it has helped with sponsorship],” she told the outlet. “The number one question brands ask is, ‘what’s the following?’ It’s all about that… It’s a way of valuing people, I guess, which is superficial in a way, we’re all human, but it’s a way to put a number on people.”

Despite the challenges of her tennis career, Bouchard has kept her eye on the prize. On Monday she won the opening round in the Prague Open against Veronika Kudermetova. The victory marked her first WTA victory since January.

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At the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, Eugenie Bouchard became the first Canadian to reach the finals of a Grand Slam in singles. She also reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open and 2014 French Open. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images