Wednesday 22 November 2017

Wimbledon rift: Eugenie Bouchard says friendship with Laura Robson is over

Laura Robson, left, and Eugenie Bouchard, right.
Laura Robson, left, and Eugenie Bouchard, right.

The Wimbledon crowd have been rooting for Canadian Eugenie Bouchard all fortnight, but one British player unlikely to be cheering her on in tomorrow's final is Laura Robson.

The pair were close friends for several years after meeting when they were young girls, and went on to put together a home-made ''Gangnam Style'' video which became an internet sensation in 2012.

Bouchard referred to Robson as ''my closest friend on tour for sure'' at last year's Wimbledon, but their relationship has since cooled.

Asked during a press conference if the pair, both 20, were "still pretty good mates", Bouchard replied: "No, I don't think so."

She added: "I'm sure you guys can figure out that one."

Robson, who was forced to miss this year's Wimbledon through injury, declined to comment.

The fracturing of their friendship may have centred on a tug-of-war over coach Nick Saviano, whom Robson appointed as her coach last autumn at a time when he was working with Bouchard.

It appeared they would share Saviano as their coach, but Robson ended the arrangement in March when she signed up Colombian Mauricio Hadad.

After winning her semi-final, Bouchard made a plea for shamed pop star Justin Bieber to be invited to the Royal Box for her match against Petra Kvitova tomorrow.

But today she came up with two more realistic guests in the form of Princess Eugenie of York - who she is named after - and US talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

She said: "It would be amazing to meet someone that you're named after."

Speaking about Winfrey, she added: "I think her story is really special. She came from nothing and built herself up to this huge empire and the richest woman in the world.

"I love those stories like that. Justin Bieber is another story like that. I just love the story of making yourself into something. I would love to hear about her experiences and all those kinds of things.

"If she would watch tennis in the Royal Box, that would be cool."

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