Sofya Zhuk topless photo backlash, Wimbledon champion, model, Instagram

Ex-junior Wimbledon winner Sofya Zhuk has revealed she received an “avalanche” of “aggressive” messages after sharing a topless photo of herself.

The 20-year-old Russian is now a successful model in Miami after being forced to quit tennis because of a back injury.

Zhuk regularly shares selfies and modelling snaps to her 59,000 Instagram followers but was bombarded with hate mail from fans when she stripped off for a topless photograph.

According to Russian site RT, the former tennis prodigy 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.”

Before she focused her career on modelling, Zhuk won the 2015 Wimbledon girls’ singles title at the age of 15. She made her WTA Tour singles debut at the following year’s Miami Open.

Zhuk received a wildcard into the main draw of that tournament in Florida, but lost in straight sets to Zhang Shuai in the first round.

Unfortunately, the talented youngster was forced to quit tennis because of persistent injuries and hasn’t played professionally since the 2019 Wimbledon qualifiers, where she lost in the opening round.

In a lengthy Instagram post, shared in April, Zhuk 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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Swimmer Elena Krawzow poses topless, Paralympian

Swimmer Elena Krawzow has become the first Paralympian to star on a Playboy cover.

Krawzow — who has only three per cent vision — posed topless for the German version of the famous magazine.

The 26-year-old pouted at the camera and held her hair in her hands as she stripped down for the photo shoot.

She said afterwards: “I couldn’t turn down this opportunity.

“The two days of shooting that I had were great. I’ve always wanted to experience a day as a professional model and I did that. I had a lot of fun.

“After it became known that I was on the Playboy cover, there was, of course, a lot of excitement.

“Some were very shocked but I have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised by all the great feedback and many compliments.”

The Kazakhstan-born athlete, who has Russian roots, was diagnosed with Sargardt disease — a genetic eye disorder — aged seven and has continued to progressively lose her sight ever since.

Krawzow moved to Germany aged 12 with her family and took up swimming as a 16-year-old in 2009, having been invited to join a training session at a club in Nuremberg.

Krawzow specialises in breaststroke as well as freestyle and three years after taking up the sport, she medalled at the 2012 London Games.

The five-time European gold medallist won silver in the 100m breaststroke and qualified for the Rio Olympics four years later, but missed out on a podium finish in Brazil.

The visually impaired star hopes to compete at the delayed Tokyo Games, which have been pushed back to 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But she took time out of training to shoot for Playboy and attended an after-party event at the publication’s headquarters in Munich.

Krawzow said: “I got to know a lot of new people and also the Playmates from previous years. We got on well and had a great evening.

“I have really been very busy organising interviews and filming in the swimming pool and at home.”

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Adelaide crowd goes berserk for topless Charlie Dixon

Adelaide Oval’s spectators were treated to a glimpse of Port Adelaide tall forward Charlie Dixon’s stellar physique during Saturday’s match against the Hawthorn Hawks.

During the second quarter of the round 13 encounter, Dixon lost possession of the footy inside 50 and collided with Hawthorn defender Ben Stratton, who was playing his 200th AFL game.

As the pair fell to the turf in a clumsy wrestle, the 107kg forward’s elbow pressed down on Stratton’s head, prompting an immediate reaction from teammates, who started a melee near the boundary.

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The home crowd went berserk when Dixon eventually emerged from the commotion without his jersey on, his impressive rig on display for all to see. It was arguably the loudest cheer of the match.

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“Have a look at Charlie’s rig,” Fox Footy commentator Anthony Hudson cried.

Adelaide Crows great Mark Ricciuto joked: “Charlie will be wrapped with that, because he gets to get the big rig out. Give the fans what they want!

“He got him with the little elbow onto the face. You can tell the Hawks players didn’t like that happening to their captain in his 200th game, so they came in.”

Brisbane Lions legend Johnathon Brown responded: “Geez, he’s in good nick the big fella.”

As Dixon redressed himself, rookie Boyd Woodcock slotted a goal to extend Port Adelaide’s lead to eight points.

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Former St Kilda star Nick Riewoldt praised Dixon after the altercation.

“This is good; this makes you feel like you’re actually in the contest,” Riewoldt said.

“You work all summer on your body, you might as well get the kit off and show it off.”

The Fox Footy commentators doubted Dixon would be suspended for the incident, but Brown predicted he could cop a $500 fine.

But not everyone found the altercation amusing — The Border Mail journalist Shana Morgan tweeted: “So Charlie Dixon puts his elbow down onto the head of an opponent behind play and the commentators are just laughing about it? I thought we wanted that c**p out of the game.”

Dixon scored his second major of the match after the halftime interval, increasing his season tally to 23.

Scores were tied 7.10 (52) to 8.4 (52) at three-quarter time at Adelaide Oval.

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