Tennis superstars Nick Kyrgios and Eugenie Bouchard confide in each other over haters

09/10/2019 Posted by admin

Double trouble: Nick Kyrgios and Eugenie Bouchard play mixed doubles at last year’s US Open. Photo: Mike Frey/Tennis Photo NetworkTennis glamour duo Nick Kyrgios and Eugenie Bouchard – arguably the most scrutinised players on tour – have confided in each other over the difficulty of having to deal with some of the hatred directed towards them.
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The pair sent tongues wagging when they stepped out on court together in New York for mixed doubles at the 2015 US Open – a match made in Nike heaven that was likened more to an episode of The Bachelor than a grand slam hit-out.

Since the 2014 Australian Open, the pair were lumped with the burden of expectation that they would become the faces of the sport over the next decade.

But, for contrasting reasons, the Australian wild child and the talented Canadian have polarised opinion despite their enormous potential both on and off the court. Kyrgios, for his “don’t care” attitude, Bouchard, simply for her attitude.

Unfortunately for the hottest young players on tour, that means they have had to become accustomed to dealing with the hate.

They have, however, managed to find solace in confiding in each other.

“Yeah, we have spoken about it a little bit,” Bouchard told Fairfax Media. “We just came to the conclusion that haters are going to hate and we weren’t going to listen to them. It’s really important to not listen to those people and just keep doing you. Why would you not do something because of somebody else’s opinion of you. Do you know what I mean?

“If you think about it, it’s actually crazy. Why should I allow somebody else to dictate my life? That’s Nick’s attitude as well and I think that’s really cool. I respect that.”

Despite Kyrgios’ uncanny ability to find a headline and with Bouchard drawing criticism for her knack of finding a magazine cover, the pair remain two of the most marketable tennis players on tour.

Regardless of the criticism, Kyrgios remains a popular figure. His quarter-final against Andy Murray at the 2015 Australian Open peaked at 3.5 million viewers – higher than the peak for the Novak Djokovic-Murray final a few days later.

While his match with Bouchard at Flushing Meadows sent social media into overdrive with all sorts of rumours given their flirtatious behaviour on court, Kyrgios is now in a relationship with Australian tennis player Ajla Tomljanovic.

But the 22-year-old Canadian admits she has fond memories of linking up with Kyrgios, who she expects to have a huge year coming back from suspension.

“That was awesome for me,” Bouchard said of the mixed doubles match with Kyrgios. “That was a great experience. I think Nick is super talented and I think he’s going to have a huge year. I think you’ll find he exceeds people’s expectations this year.”

Bouchard, who earlier in the week admitted she had received death threats from obsessed fans, doesn’t regret the path she has taken as a professional tennis player.

She said she would continue to pursue her off-court opportunities, regardless of the criticism.

“You have to make the most of your life,” Bouchard said. “I don’t want to be the type to sit back and not do things and in 10 years look back and regret it. If my career were to end tomorrow it would have all been worth it.

“Obviously I want my career to go another 10 years and I want to achieve my ultimate dreams and goals, but my life is so unique compared to any other normal kid my age. Even if I never win another match on tour it’s still worth it because it’s an unbelievable experience.”

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