Don't you often find yourself wondering about whether top sports stars are friends or not? I do, especially with tennis - they travel and compete so much together... so intense.
Luckily for those of us sad cases who do ponder this, Eugenie Bouchard has shed a little more light on a particularly interesting topic.
The Australian Open is now into it's second week and the matches grow in importance every round, can you really afford to let standards slip against a friend, even if for only a moment?
FRIEND OR FOE?
Tennis isn't a team sport, it is not as if you have teammates to hang around with and rivals to shun, everyone is a free-agent, for want of a better word.
Bouchard herself isn't even old enough to drink alcohol in her home country, therefore you wouldn't expect her to have had time to have created enemies or 'besties', but she has given the friendship situation a pretty modern analogy - or at least shunned it away from that analogy.
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It seems like journalists at the Australian Open have a new hobby; to ask top players about who are and who aren't friends. Bouchard's response is perhaps the best: "I'm sure you imagine `Mean Girls' or something. It's not like that," the Canadian told reporters.
"I'm sure you imagine `Mean Girls' or something. It's not like that"
'Mean Girls', for those of you who don't know, is a film that I think most people who have watched it love, but would be ashamed to admit it - your's truly included. It follows three mean girls, obviously, who clash with fellow girls at their school with constant bards and backstabbing... That's so fetch.
Thanks a lot, Bouchard... I'm now annoyed because, frankly, in a way, it is quite disappointing to hear that things aren't quite that feisty, but in these days of media training and PR people, those sorts of stories are never quite going to make it out.
Some do though. The contempt between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova is obvious on and off-court and neither have attempted to deny it. However, Bouchard's comments will make you realise that it perhaps isn't that bad and their rivalry is perhaps justified. Both are fighting to be the best on and off-court.
The duo, at the time of writing, are on course to meet in the final, perhaps things will heat up in that pressure-cooker.
Though, to be fair, you don't hear too much about great tennis friendships in male or female tennis circles. Serena and Caroline Wozniacki are the obvious selfie-friendly exceptions to the rule.
It is just human nature to keep those you are competing against at a safe distance. It's part of the make-up you need to be a winner, in most cases. How boring would Serena vs Sharapova or Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic be if they were all pally and congratulatory between points. No thank you. Keep it mean.
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