Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard took a sly dig at Simona Halep on social media today. Halep, the former Wimbledon champion, has just been handed a 4-year ban on two counts of doping. While the tennis world reels from this news, fans have lambasted Bouchard for her unsavory tweet.
Since the news of Simona’s suspension broke, her peers have aimed thinly veiled jibes at Halep. Most notable of them would be Serena Williams, who posted a not-so-cryptic tweet.
Bouchard is the latest player to pass a snide remark aimed at Halep. The Canadian took to X (formerly Twitter), to state that she had been advised not to tweet today.
I was told not to tweet today
— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) September 12, 2023
Bouchard’s latest tweet can be tied to her previous tweet about Dayana Yastremska. Yastremska was banned for doping in 2021, but six months later all charges were cleared. When the two locked horns at the Madrid Open, Bouchard had defeated Dayana. She later tweeted, “There’s something about playing dopers in Madrid.” Eugenie deleted the tweet after facing severe backlash.
Bouchard and Halep are not on the friendliest of terms, and Halep has previously revealed the pair do not speak. “She’s different, I can say. I cannot judge her for being this, I cannot admire her for being this. I have nothing to say about her person,” said Halep (via Daily Express).
Eugenie Bouchard is the latest player to deride Simona Halep’s struggles. As for Simona herself, she will contest this harsh decision.
Fans rip into Eugenie Bouchard following her indirect comment on Simona Halep
Eugenie Bouchard has a contentious relationship with tennis fans on social media. The Canadian player is no stranger to stirring up controversies, and her indirect on Halep’s hearing does not help her cause. Fans ripped into her, ridiculing her decision to play pickleball from next year. Here are a few reactions.
Zero lessons learnt!! Pros coming out to kick somebody down when they are at their lowest are the worst.
Simona has a right to appeal, she had an illustrious career even before this whole episode began and yet such tweets. 👎👎 https://t.co/9fZocEWO4r
— Rafa Forever (@VamosRafa1908) September 12, 2023
oh its so bad for simona even pickleball players are giving their 2 cents https://t.co/ymJKn6xWTF
— jerry (@privwanska) September 12, 2023
sit back downn. like are u not embarrassed boasting ab the downfall of someone when uve just signed up to play PICKLEBALL😭 and ur literally their pigeon https://t.co/jos7jNgkZX pic.twitter.com/zrkEqnxp7x
— animo🤍 (@wtaflops) September 12, 2023
Eugenie Bouchard had to face the heat for her words, but it would not deter her from doing it again. Irrespective of Bouchard’s comments, Simona Halep will take heart from the support she has received. Her fight has only just begun.