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Bouchard makes history, gets asked stupid Bieber questions

- July 3rd, 2014

Fresh off the biggest accomplishment of her career, Eugenie Bouchard marked her historic run to the Wimbledon final by answering a series of embarrassing off-topic questions.

After becoming the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final, the 20-year-old from Westmount, Que., was asked whether she thinks pop star Justin Bieber will notice her performance.

It was enough to make every sports fan in Canada groan.

But like the deft athlete she is, Bouchard fired a return volley ripe with humour.

“I hope so,” she said. “I’m putting in so much hard work. I want to see this hard work rewarded.”

The connection with Bieber goes back to the Australian Open in January. Bouchard was asked during an on-court interview — one that will likely haunt her for the rest of her life — who she would like to go on a date with. Sheepishly, she answered with Bieber. He responded days later with a tweet wishing her good luck.

Asked on Thursday if she had kept in touch with the Biebs, Bouchard kept rolling with the punches.

“You know, he’s kind of been in trouble recently,” she said. “I’m not associated with that at the moment. But if he cleans up his image … No? Someone is shaking their head no.”

Does she think Biebs is worthy of sitting in the Royal Box at the All England Club’s Centre Court?

“He’s not?” she responded. “They really wouldn’t allow him in the Royal Box if he came? I  feel like he would manage to get himself in there somehow.”

Who would she rather see in the VIP seating area if not Bieber?

“That’s a tough question. I would love to see Oprah there.”

It didn’t end there. She was also asked about the plethora of marriage proposals she received on Twitter.

“I won’t check (Twitter) too much, especially during a tournament,” she said. “Good effort, though. There’s always a chance, I guess, that I’ll say yes over Twitter. So keep ‘em coming.”

Bouchard is clearly skilled with both a racquet and a microphone.

There’s a time and a place for all of those questions. That time and place, however, is not during a press conference following a historic achievement.

EDIT: Bouchard also called out a reporter’s lame Big Bang quip. She’s good friends with the show’s star, Jim Parsons.

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13 comments

  1. Ryan | July 3, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    What about that god awful “Big Bang” question? She schooled that reporter.

  2. Anthony Vasquez-Peddie | July 3, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Added it just for you, Ryan.

  3. marc babineau | July 4, 2014 at 6:16 am

    For her age, she is well accomplished, extremely mature, and WAY ABOVE those idiotic questions from the #press…!!! And, besides, Beiber is so 2 years ago!

  4. kevin | July 4, 2014 at 7:27 am

    for the life of me i cannot understand some of those reporters.. they seem to think she is a kid. genie is a very smart woman even if her age dictates otherwise. i was glad to see she toyed with the idiot questions and embarrassed the reporters asking the stupid questions. perhaps next time they will ask questions pertaining to tennis instead. the future world’s # 1 woman’s tennis player is very smart, well educated, and an easy person to talk to. so stop the grade three questions…..

  5. John | July 4, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Thanks to those sports’ media types for making this about tennis and avoiding the other stuff best left to trash “celebrity” rags and gossip TV shows.

  6. ted | July 4, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Anthony, Anthony, Anthony….Your headline to this article was and is a greatest waste of paper!
    The “Bieber” wasn’t embarrassing” or “off-topic”! Your sense of (lack of) humor is painfully embarrassing.
    It is the question setup she created some time ago, and she handled the answer superbly and in good humor, to her credit. It seems that you are the only one “offended” by this rather witty episode.
    Growing up is a great fun…Try it!

  7. Ray | July 4, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Very happy for any Canadain who is making her/his mark in sports. Congrats to her. I admit I am not a tennis fan and do not intend on watching.

  8. Luis | July 4, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I can understand that with all those reporters asking questions, you run out of questions specific to the event very quickly !! However, as reporters (supposedly they all are), they should know what to ask and when it is appropriate to ask ! Asking about Bieber in this instance discredits the reporter that asked !! She has just made Canadian tennis history by advancing to the finals, so lets try to keep it on the subject of the event !!

  9. Marv | July 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    My goodness, stay away from Justin Bieber! What an embarrassment he’s turned out to be! Save your reputation, Genie, and stay away.

  10. ted | July 4, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    The Reporter showed a NICE TOUCH with that HARMLESS “Bieber” question. His Question was not “stupid” or embarrassing at all. If anything, it gave Genie a welcome and rather gracious platform to show her charm and her IQ.
    To all of those “Prudes” that are still living in (if you remember) Victorian Era: Please grow up, including the Article’s writer, and raise to Genie’s level (IQ?), even if it takes you to the next Grand Slam finals to polish your sense of humor!
    The only embarrassing thing here is intellectual blindness of those criticizing that innocent question, for the lack any intelligent ones before and after that one.
    Even the players will tell you that any of these post-game Press Conf’s are not created for finding the solution for the space travel, though some comments may indicate that their authors may be on some kind of space travel not detectable by Radars.

  11. Jeff | July 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    “yes, you just made history… accomplished something as an athlete on the world stage never done by a Canadian before ever… boring! who will you date?”

    I guess the moral of the story is this: It doesn’t matter if you actually make history and accomplish something never accomplished before; if you happen to also be a woman and possibly attractive, the focus will then be on who you date, how you look, what you wear, etc etc.

  12. Jeff | July 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I wonder why nobody asked Mike Weir questions like this win he won the Master’s?

    Imagine: “Yes Mike, you won something a Canadian has never won before, but what we really want to know is, will you now date Niki Minaj?” Do you think “Pink” noticed you? What eligible bachelorette do you want watching you from the gallery?”

  13. ted | July 5, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Look Jeff, when Mike Weir or Genie wins achieve the success of the high order, the rest is purely academic. Them and we both are all happy for them and ourselves, what else you want them to tell you at the “Press- Conference”? Regular run-off-the-mill stupid questions like “well how do you feel now?”.
    Chances are they would most likely answer you with: “I feel sad, stupid!” just to get you off their case… The stupidity of these post-game Conferences is legendary for any athlete in any sport, just ask them in the moment of candor, they will tell you! So the simple break with light moments with light funny questions off-topic gives them breathing room and at the same time
    allows the rest of “Press Core” to read their prepared questions like: “How does it feel….”
    You guys with your “serious” (read “moronic, repetitive”) questions, please go get the life, or let the students ask question for you.
    Genie would love it and we would not hear same dry questions regurgitated at every question period.
    After all, if you are the lover of that kind of self-indulging text reading, go listen to politicians, that will tech you a lesson!

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