Bouchard bites back after virtual beating
She can’t even play real tennis but Eugenie Bouchard’s rotten luck on the court is still continuing.
The ATP and WTA tours have been suspended because of coronavirus, Wimbledon was cancelled and the French Open has been postponed so players around the world have taken to gripping a PlayStation controller rather than a racquet.
Male and female stars are competing in the virtual Madrid Open and while there have been a steady stream of highlights – like Andy Murray’s commentary of his own matches and a joke fellow pros believed about Rafael Nadal pulling out of a match with a “back injury” – Bouchard is unlikely to embrace video gaming as a career after she retires.
In an Instagram Live session with Croatian Donna Vekic, Bouchard complained she was already out of the virtual tournament because she lost her first two matches, then slid even further when Vekic dominated to make her opponent’s record a grim 0-3.
Bouchard cops a dig from her agent.Source:Instagram
Virtual Genie wasn’t any better than the real thing.Source:Instagram
Bouchard, a former world No. 5 who has now fallen to 332nd in the rankings, lost in the first round of her last tournament at Newport Beach in January – a result which came after she failed to qualify for the main draw of the Australian Open.
The 2014 Wimbledon finalist endured an awful 2019 too, losing in the first round of a tournament 12 times in a row during a miserable streak that started at Indian Wells in March and only ended when she progressed to the third round of a Challenger Series event in Houston in November.
Bouchard’s failed gaming experiment drew some predictable quips from critics on Instagram but she took them in her stride with some sassy comebacks in the comments section.
“It’s not realistic unless you get eliminated in the first round,” one user wrote, prompting Bouchard to respond: “You’re hilarious!!” followed by emojis with love heart eyes.
Another troll said “You might finally win a tournament” with laughing emojis when Bouchard posted about her upcoming video game clash, and the 26-year-old replied: “Wowww sooo funnyyy.”
As she live-streamed her loss to Vekic, Bouchard’s mock frustration was evident.
“I’m trying so hard not to swear right now,” she said. “I can’t believe I woke up today and lost three matches in a row. I’m so p***ed.”
Eugenie Bouchard lost in qualifying at this year’s Australia Open. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)Source:AFP
On her Instagram story, Bouchard posted a selfie and wrote “I’m never playing this tennis game again”.
She was even copping stick from her agent, who sent her a message that read: “You lost again?”
The charity gaming tournament is aiming to raise funds for players who have been affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Bouchard is self-isolating in Las Vegas and said tennis courts near her are opening up later this week, so is hopeful of getting back into a practise routine soon.
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