Former Wimbledon champion trades tennis for modeling

…By Larry John for TDPel Media. Sofya Zhuk won the 2015 Wimbledon girls’ singles title at the age of 15, but retired from the sport in 2016 after struggling with a series of injuries.

Since then, she has pursued a career in modeling and has gained a large following on social media.

Her Instagram account, which has over 127,000 followers, features pictures of her in skimpy outfits, while her TikTok account shows her dancing in lingerie.

But she quit the sport after picking up a slew of injuries (Image: TIKTOK@https://www.tiktok.com/@sofya_zhuk99)
But she quit the sport after picking up a slew of injuries (Image: TIKTOK@https://www.tiktok.com/@sofya_zhuk99)

Zhuk has also created an OnlyFans account, where she plans to share “interesting stuff”, but has clarified that there will be no nudity.

Criticism for career change

Despite her success in modeling, Zhuk has faced criticism for her career change, particularly for the bikini pictures she posted in 2020.

Now the Russian is a model and dancer (Image: Instagram/sofya_zhuk)
Now the Russian is a model and dancer (Image: instagram/sofya_zhuk)

In response to the criticism, she stated that people simply could not accept that she had found happiness outside of tennis.

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Analysis and commentary

Zhuk’s decision to pursue a career in modeling and her subsequent success on social media highlights the increasing importance of personal branding in today’s digital age.

While her decision to leave tennis may have disappointed some fans, it is important to remember that athletes are human beings and should be free to pursue their own interests and passions outside of their sport.

It is also noteworthy that Zhuk has been able to leverage her fame from tennis to build a successful modeling career.

Her large following on social media demonstrates the value of having a strong personal brand and the potential to capitalize on that brand in new and unexpected ways.

However, it is important to acknowledge that the criticism Zhuk has received for her career change is symptomatic of a larger societal issue, where women are often judged more harshly for their choices and actions.

It is essential to support individuals in pursuing their passions, regardless of gender, and to challenge societal norms that reinforce gender stereotypes and limit individuals’ potential.

In conclusion, while Sofya Zhuk’s decision to leave tennis and pursue a career in modeling may have been unexpected, it highlights the importance of personal branding and the potential for athletes to build successful careers outside of their sport.

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It is crucial to support individuals in pursuing their passions and to challenge societal norms that limit individuals’ potential.

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