It’s been a longtime coming for Canadian tennis fans but Eugenie Bouchard has given us hope as the next big star of the women’s game. The 20-year-old from Quebec had a breakout 2014, landing in the Top 10 (not to mention being the highest Canadian ranked woman ever) and she is only getting better, moving onto the third round of the Australian Open.
Genie has an army behind her (literally), and with her steely precision, deadly serious on-court presence and aggressive baseline game, the last thing she probably expected to hear during her on-court interview after her latest win was, “Can you give us a twirl?”
The now-infamous question was asked by Tennis Australia’s Ian Cohen, and you can bet your ascot he didn’t ask Roger Federer to spin around (though he’s such a gentleman, he probably would). Granted, Cohen was just following the line of questioning he issued Serena Williams, but that’s Williams’ schtick. She loves the fashion part of the game almost as much as the game itself and she is always more than willing to do twirls after her matches. Bouchard, on the other hand, not so much. On the court, her focus is purely on the game, nothing else.
That being said, Genie humoured him, though she did look quite taken aback when she replied, “A twirl?” Cohen went on to explain, “A twirl, like a pirouette, here you go.” And viewers everywhere rolled their eyes because this is even worse than the Justin Bieber questions she gets served up.
Bouchard did an awkward, embarrassed twirl, buried her face in her hands and laughed — not just because she’s a polite Canadian but also a good sport. She was later asked about it by The Guardian and she replied, “I don’t know, an old guy asking you to twirl. It was funny.”
But what’s next? Instead of asking her about her game and the steps she’s taking towards her next victory, is someone going to see if she can bust a move, like Serena?
As far as we’re concerned, the only people who should be twirling are:
Princesses who are loving life.
Those who are about to be a Mockingjay.
And Stevie Nicks. Of course.