Tennis Star Eugenie Bouchard Ignites Controversy with Now Deleted Tweet

Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard ignited social media chaos last week after she posted a controversial tweet on her first-round Madrid Open Victory. 

The tweet, which read, “There’s something about playing dopers in Madrid…” was later deleted after the public outburst. 

Bouchard is referencing her opponent Yastremska, who was provisionally suspended in 2021 after testing positive for anabolic steroid mesterolone.

Her ban was ultimately lifted after six months when the International Tennis Federation ruled she “bore no fault or negligence” for the failed test.

The tweet also takes a swipe at former world No.1 Maria Sharapova. Sharapova, too, was banned for doping results. When Sharapova returned to tennis, Bouchard was vocal in her disappointment.

“I don’t think that’s right. She’s a cheater,” Bouchard told Turkey’s TRT World.

“I don’t think a cheater at any sport should be allowed to play that sport again. It’s so unfair to all the other players who do it the right way and are true.”

Bouchard went on to beat Sharapova at the Madrid Open in 2017, which appeared to be on her mind when she posted this latest tweet.

Fans were quick to voice their opinion on the disappointing tweet by the Canadian Tennis star. “What Eugenie Bouchard said is absolutely outrageous, despicable and low. When people blame Kyrgios, at least it is a problem with his attitude, nerves. With her, she is genuinely and knowingly mean! Only attracts hatred and disrespect,” one user wrote.

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Maria Sharapova: Caught Between A Rock And A Hard Place

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Maria Sharapova has been banned by the International Tennis Federation for two years.

Sharapova, one of the world’s highest-paid female athletes and a five-time grand slam champion, was banned by the ITF because she committed a doping violation through the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs.

The news has come as a shock to many of her fans and supporters. On one hand, many people  are protesting the decision. Sharapova herself recently posted on her Facebook account to state, “I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension.” On the other hand, people are blaming her for the sentence. Regardless of where people stand on the matter, one question continues to haunt them.

Did she know it was illegal?

Sharapova has an excuse. She says she simply didn’t open the emails from ITF that explicitly stated that the drug was banned. ITF themselves cannot prove that Sharapova knew about the ban. Perhaps that’s the reason she got a two-year penalty, rather than a four-year ban.

While Sharapova’s excuse may well have convinced many of her fans to stand behind her, not everyone is in a particular hurry to rush over to her defence.