Tennis temptress Bouchard brands world No1 Djokovic a ‘cry baby’, delivers verdicts on Nadal, Tsitsipas... and Elon Musk (VIDEO)
Tennis stunner Eugenie Bouchard has taken a swipe at men's number one Novak Djokovic, calling the Serb superstar a "cry baby".
All-time great Djokovic's career has not been without tempestuous incidents, including an explosive end to his Tokyo 2020 Olympic campaign which included the sight of him hurling his racket into a crowd and thwacking frustratedly at the net.
The 34-year-old has been known to lose his temper from time to time, and former Grand Slam semifinalist Bouchard appeared to poke fun at Djokovic's temperament when she was challenged to take part in a 'word rally'.
The twist on an interview started in unpromisingly bland fashion, with Bouchard replying "Roger" when she was asked to say the first word that came into her head when she was presented with the word 'Federer'.
Several other words then popped up, leading her to associate braggart businessman Elon Musk with "rocket ships", brand men's powerhouse Rafael Nadal a "beast" and accurately call tennis star Stefano Tsitsipas "Greek".
The 27-year-old's response to seeing Djokovic's name proved the most surprising, though. "Cry baby," she replied upon being asked about the 20-time Grand Slam champion, before admitting that her idol is US country music siren Shania Twain.
Federer did not quite escape a dig, either. Asked to react to an image of Tokyo Olympic Games champion Belinda Bencic, Bouchard said of the pioneering Swiss: "Gold medalist in singles before Roger Federer – amazing."
Predictably, that was enough to entice some easily-provoked fans to offer strong reactions. "Bouchard the tennis player?" one self-proclaimed Djokovic devotee asked somewhat cattily.
"I didn't even recognize her. Of course, long time no see her in a semis or a final of a WTA tournament. What has happened to her hair? And the make up... do better, Eugenie."
Others questioned Bouchard's ranking and intellect, while one linked her words to one of Djokovic's most consistent critics, tennis wildman Nick Kyrgios.
Bouchard the tennis player? 😲 I didn't even recognize her! Ofc long time no see her in a semis or a final of a WTA tournament lol. What has happened to her hair? And the make up... Do better Eugenie🙃 😉— ~Maria~ (@__Maria__R) August 25, 2021
"She is a friend of Nick Kyrgios, who was dating her sister for a while," they claimed.
"Nothing to surprise me in her comment about Nole [Djokovic].There is an explanation for everything."
An account dedicated to producing clips of socialite Bouchard said an "entire fanbase" had targeted her for "telling the truth."
She is a friend of Nick Kyrgios who was dating her sister for a while.Nothing to surprise me in her comment about Nole.There is an explanation for everything— 🇬🇷Athanasios (@novakbiggestof3) August 25, 2021
Bouchard shared the message and asked her vast audience, which has amassed more than 2.1 million followers on Instagram, whether they agreed with that suggestion.
The former world number five is said to have been nursing a shoulder injury, finding time to work as an analyst on tennis shows and be an ambassador for a Canadian airline.
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