Eugenie Bouchard Twirl – Video: Tennis player involved in awkward post-match twirl

Updated: February 2, 2015
Eugenie Bouchard Twirl - Watch: Tennis player involved in awkward post-match twirl

Eugenie Bouchard’s twirl request? Canadian tennis star was left embarrassed last night after an on-court presenter asked her to “twirl” following her second round win at the Australian Open.

Bouchard’s previous win in Melbourne was followed by to accusations of sexism being levelled at Tennis Australia commentator Ian Cohen, who asked the world number seven to “give a twirl” to show off her outfit in an on-court interview.

Serena Williams had also been asked to do the same and 12-time grand slam singles winner Billie-Jean King wrote on Twitter: “The Australian Open interviewer asking the women to ‘twirl’ on court is out of line.

“This is truly sexist. If you ask the women, you have to ask the guys to twirl as well.”

Tennis Australia did not immediately respond to requests from Press Association Sport to comment on Cohen’s questions, but it was former Australian doubles specialist Todd Woodbridge who interviewed Bouchard following the 20-year-old Canadian’s 7-5 6-0 win over France’s Caroline Garcia.

Woodbridge stuck strictly to tennis questions, asking Bouchard about the match, returning to Melbourne after reaching the semi-finals last year and her potential opponent in the last 16.

Bouchard had looked slightly bemused by the request to “give a twirl” following her second-round win over Kiki Bertens, admitting in her post-match press conference the question had taken her by surprise.

“It was very unexpected. I mean, yeah, I don’t know. An old guy asking you to twirl, it was funny,” she said.

Bouchard insisted she had not been offended by the request to twirl, but was also happy to focus on her performance after a match which featured six breaks of serve in the first eight games.

“I wasn’t playing great tennis in the first (set),” Bouchard said. “I feel like she was putting some pressure on me and I really didn’t feel like I got a rhythm. But I’m happy that I just kept going. Even if it wasn’t going so well, I was able to turn it around.

“I loosened up a bit and started going for my shots and playing my game, which is what I need to do more; probably taking a bit of time away from her stepping in.

“She was playing that way as well. It ended up being first-strike tennis and I did that better in the second.”