Genie Bouchard has put her foot in it once again. The feisty twenty something from Canada was involved in a pre Fed Cup interview and photo shoot with the Romanian team when her 66th ranked opponent Alexandra Dulgheru made to shake her hand. The Canadian refused to do so leaving a rather embarassing situation in front of the television cameras.
This is not the first time the Canadian has courted controversy as in a similar situation last year Genie decided that she did not want to shake Slovakian Kristina Kucova’ hand. Genie explained that she did not want to do the ‘shaky hand thing'” even though it seems to be becoming a Fed Cup ritual. It’s nothing personal towards her (Dulgheru) , I just don’t believe in wishing my opponent good luck before the match,” Bouchard told Romanian reporters. “After we play I will shake her hand, no matter what happens.”
It was an embarassing situation all round as the Romanian folded her arms and smiled.
Bouchard is developing quite a reputation for being feisty, unfriendly and unsporting towards her competitors on the WTA tour. The ‘butter wouldnt melt in my mouth’ type personality that Bouchard tries to play up to is destroyed by the Young Canadians immaturity and poor judgement. It is certainly no sign of weakness on her part if she shakes her opponents hand before a match.
What type of image does this portray to young tennis fans throughout the world? That its ok to disrespect your opponents before a match? Surely tennis is about respect, courtesy and integrity and no matter what goes on on court that the players will shake on it after? Genie has a lot to learn and her management company should pull her to the side and say look that aint cool, show some respect to your opponents.
The best however was yet to come. The Romanian team clearly had the handshake snub on repeat in their team room before the match and used it as fuel for motivation. This obviously worked as Dulgheru surprisingly beat the Canadian 6-4 6-4 and celebrated with a fake handshake with her team mates. You could not write the script on this one. Perhaps Miss Bouchard will learn that what goes around certainly comes around.