For Canadian tennis pro Eugenie Bouchard, it appears she can't always win with the press even when she does just that on the court.
The 2014 Wimbledon finalist qualified for the big draw once again after a series of must-win matches — due to her global slipping ranking, which had fallen to No. 191 — but it was her interview after her first-round victory on Tuesday that has some crying foul.
Bouchard kept her answers short and succinct when speaking to the on-court broadcaster, who asked her about her assessment of that match, prefacing her question with "it doesn't get much better than that."
"Thank you, it was pretty solid," said Bouchard, in response.
The rest of her answers were similar concise, saying the experience was "not hard at all," that she was "happy to be here," and that "it's important on grass to start well." She also did not have much to say about her new coach Robert Lansdorp — who previously worked with Maria Sharapova and Pete Sampras — adding, "He's been really helpful, I think he's a great coach."
Several outlets swiftly criticized Bouchard for her demeanour. Metro UK called her "frosty," while the New York Post wrote she "doesn't seem happy after rare victory," and The Independent dubbed her behaviour "icy." The 24-year-old has yet to address this feedback, though many fans have come to her defence online.
So this is the interview Genie Bouchard did at Wimbledon qualifying today. She's being called "icy" & "angry" because of it. She clearly didn't want to do the invu... but I don't see why there is any controversy https://t.co/3SQ79PoUtx— Douglas Gelevan (@DGelevan) June 27, 2018
Not sure why there is such a fuss about that Bouchard interview. How rediculous. I don't see anything wrong with it all. She gave appropriate answers. She just won a first round qualifying match, as if she wants to stick around and chat. 🙄 #Wimbledon— wtaaddict.com (@WTAAddict) June 26, 2018
Bouchard's courtside interviews have attracted media attention before, whether through revealing her dream date is Justin Bieber, or by being asked to twirl to show off her outfit, which she said she was not offended by.
But hopefully her winning streak will continue and she will be able to get the press back on her side when Wimbledon kicks off in July.
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