Bouchard handles press at Wimbledon like a pro
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada serves to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during the women's singles final at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
As a female, I am appalled. As a female sports-writer, I am embarrassed.
Eugenie Bouchard, the Canadian darling that has taken over tennis and Twitter this past week was asked some very stupid questions in her press conferences.
Bouchard made history by becoming the first Canadian female tennis player to reach the women’s singles final of Wimbledon.
She has made it to every semifinal in each event she has competed in this season. That is also history she made.
However and for whatever reason, Bouchard wasn’t really asked a lot about her experience at the famous Slam event or how her stock has risen in the game.
In fact, the 20-year-old from Westmount, Que. was asked about Justin Bieber, marriage proposals via social media and if she’s ever met the Royal Family.
Last week in London was not the only time Bouchard has been peppered with questions about Bieber.
That line of questioning was asked in Australia after she won a hard-fought match in January. She was asked if she could date anyone, who would she date — she stuttered through the question with some laughter by saying Bieber.
That was a direct question a reporter asked her on the court after a win.
The British tabloids just couldn’t let that line of questioning go as they continually asked her about Bieber and if she thought he had noticed her yet.
Terrible questions considering Bouchard was playing some of her best tennis during the week. Bieber shouldn’t have even been brought up again.
Bouchard wasn’t the only player at Wimbledon to get some horrific questions asked at them by the press.
Petra Kvitova was Bouchard’s opponent and victor of her second Wimbledon title. Prior to their final match, Kviotva was asked if she lost, would she kill herself.
Neither Roger Federer nor Novak Djokovic was asked questions about their personal life or if they would commit suicide if they lost.
In fact, Djokovic took a moment in his post-match ceremony to address Federer directly to say how much respect he has for his career.
It is embarrassing that women competing in major sporting events are subjected to this line of questioning from reporters.
They were asked about the competition, the matches and the experience of playing in the Wimbledon final, but the attention was clearly placed on the outside fluff stuff.
The men didn’t get those kinds of questions or that treatment from the press, so why should women?
In my line of work, I have never asked an athlete — male or female — personal questions like Bouchard was asked. It is inappropriate.
There are other ways to gather information about a person’s personality than asking ridiculous questions.
For what its worth, Bouchard handled the questions about Bieber, marriage proposals and corny Big Bang Theory jokes like a pro.
She is going places and will be a star on the tennis scene for a long time.
We have now seen what she could be capable of — now it is time to focus on her skills rather than whom she wants to date.
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