I don’t really even know where to begin with this Bouchard Wimbledon tweet. I’m a little irked really, with pure absurdity from her tweet after her first round match. Don’t worry, I’ll get to exactly what she said in a moment.
Bouchard Wimbledon Tweet
The Canadian struggled in her second round match against Ashleigh Barty (WTA Rank #17) from Australia and yet was still unable to squeak out the win. Bouchard lost in just over 1.5 hours and in straight sets, 4-6, 5-7. Her first round match, she played decently with a swift opening set against British Gabriella Taylor (WTA Rank #180), winning 6-0 4-6, 6-3. Truly an accomplishment, considering her dismal performances over the last year. But her first round match is where it gets weird. After her first round match, she sent out a tweet; which to me showed her absolute lack of class and respect for the Wimbledon organization:
Genie Bouchard Wimbledon Tweet wrote, “One of the ballboys on my court today had his fly unzipped. Every time he gave me balls to serve I couldn’t help staring at it
I feel like she crossed a line with this tweet, for a couple of reasons; for one, the ball boy is just that, a boy. She was ogling over a young boy. That’s just creepy. Secondly, she publicized something that should not have been publicized. Tell a supervisor or umpire if you’re truly distracted. Finally, this is not cute. Stop trying to make it cute by adding emojies to the tweet. It downright offensive, imagine how the ball boy’s parents might feel? Does Bouchard think that this kid won’t get teased upon his return to school? I can’t even imagine what being harassed in grade school today looks like; I only imagine it’s awful.
Bouchard Wimbledon Tweet: Equality?
Obviously nothing came of this. Nobody from the organization has said or done anything, to my knowledge. I strongly believe something should come of this. Imagine if any male player said something similar, or identical to what Bouchard tweeted, that player would be 100% accused of being a creep and likely be heavily fined, persecuted, and possibly banned from competition. Yet, Bouchard thinks it’s “super funny and totally cute” to call out a child on his zipper being down. It’s just plain gross and creepy.
Thankfully, a bunch of people tweeted to her with their disgust with the Bouchard Wimbledon Tweet:
“Imagine if a male tennis player tweeted this, he would of been thrown out of the tournament lol”
“Was this really necessary to tweet out? Trying to be funny and looking for reactions when the decent thing to do is not to embarrass the poor kid publicly?”
“If you had any class, you wouldn’t post about it.”
“Hope they fine you your prize money for these comments.”
“Childish and weak minded. That’s why you’re not a champion.”
and many more; unfortunately, there were plenty of her fans encouraging her on this tweet.
Nothing will come of this, we all know that. It’s just maddening that a Bouchard Wimbledon Tweet of this caliber can go unpunished.
What do you think about this whole situation? Let me know in the comments below.