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‘Vaccinated queen’: Tennis ace Bouchard says jabs will ‘get us back to real life’, likens treatment to a Willy Wonka golden ticket

Tennis favorite Genie Bouchard has proudly displayed the medical evidence of her Covid-19 jab, likening her appointment to winning a golden ticket while being hailed as a “vaccinated queen” by former US Open champ Sloane Stephens.

While the question of being vaccinated has divided figures across tennis, the 27-year-old was unequivocal in her excitement about receiving the treatment – adding that it made her feel as if she had received a hallowed ‘golden ticket’ to visit Willy Wonka’s confectionary production house, as made famous by the film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

Breaking away from her usual displays of modeling stylish clothes and lounging in exotic locations, Bouchard posed with her post-vaccination plaster visible at the top of her left arm and the documentation of her treatment held in place on her chest by a bag strap.

“Got my Willy Wonka golden ticket,” added the Canadian it-girl, having previously told her Instagram following of more than 2.1 million that she was “vaccine-bound” while wearing a mask and looking into the camera.

The topic of vaccinations has been a particularly thorny one in tennis. Many top players and coaches have said they are reluctant to have a jab, explaining that they feel the existing vaccines have not been sufficiently tested.

Last week, former champion Pat Cash claimed that women’s governing body the WTA was encouraging stars to be vaccinated without giving them any information or alternative options, and there has been uproar in some quarters over mooted ‘vaccine passports’ that could dictate whether players, their entourages and fans are allowed to travel and attend events.

Bouchard playfully shared an unverified story from Twitter that was purportedly posted by someone who had vaccinated themselves, and shared a screenshot from dating app Bumble – an issue that may be close to her heart, given her previous insights into her varied love life – that showed a woman offering to “give it a shot” with potential suitors as long as they had been jabbed.

Several cautionary responses inevitably surfaced under Bouchard’s photo. “Walking, talking virtue signaling billboard with not an original thought or action in its empty head,” one viewer said of the snap, while another added: “Good little sheep.”

The Miami-based 2014 Wimbledon finest hit back at one of her respondents while mocking another who warned her that “most of the kids who got the Wonka golden tickets either died or were horribly injured or deformed.”

“Best reply,” laughed Bouchard, adding that a vaccine card “will get us back to real life.”

Ex-world number three Stephens, who won at Flushing Meadows in 2017, was fulsome in her praise for Bouchard’s bravery, receiving a heart emoji in reply.

The top two female players in the world, Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka, have said they would be happy to be vaccinated, while world number three Simona Halep became one of the first to receive the treatment.

World number five Elina Svitolina is among those who has said vaccines for Covid-19 are unproven, joined by players including two-time Grand Slam winner Aryna Sabalenka.
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‘Frustrated’ Bouchard blows chance of first title in 7 years after proclaiming ‘new chapter’ in bid to break back into top 100

Canadian social media favorite Genie Bouchard saw her chance of a first WTA title since 2014 slip away as she lost to Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets in the final of the Guadalajara Open in Mexico.

Chasing a first title since she won the Nuremberg Cup in Germany seven years ago, Bouchard instead suffered defeat for the seventh time in eight appearances in WTA finals.

The Canadian 27-year-old surrendered 6-2, 7-5 to her rival, letting slip a way back into the match when she was 5-3 up in the second set but went on to lose the next four games.

“That was super frustrating,” former Wimbledon finalist Bouchard said afterwards, according to CBC. 

“I felt like I was playing 12-and-under tennis at some points there. I don’t know. She was just out-grinding me. I shouldn’t have lost four games in a row like that at the end. Sometimes I didn’t know what to do.”    

For Tormo, 24, it was a maiden WTA title as the world number 71 outgunned her big-hitting rival.

Bouchard is set to rise to the world number 116 spot despite more disappointment in a final.

The Canadian was once ranked as high as fifth in the world after bursting onto the senior scene and reaching the Wimbledon final in 2014 as well as the semi-finals of the French and Australian Opens the same year.

However, she has since plummeted down the charts, falling as low as 332nd in the world last March before showing signs of an uptick in form following the resumption of action after the Covid-enforced hiatus.

Bouchard lost in the final of the Istanbul Cup to Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig last September, but failed to build immediate momentum from that and didn’t emerge through qualifying for the Australian Open.

Her latest run will at least give renewed cause for optimism as she competes in the Monterrey Open, where she meets Zhu Lin in a Round of 32 match on Monday.

In recent weeks Bouchard has trumpeted a ‘new chapter’ in her career after leaving sponsors Nike for a deal with New Balance.

Former Sports Illustrated swimsuit star Bouchard boasts 2.1 million followers on Instagram and is one of tennis’s biggest social media hitters, but parted ways with Nike after reportedly being on a performance-based deal.

Bouchard has previously dismissed the notion that she has merely become an Instagram model, saying last August: “I can go running for eight hours then go to dinner and post a selfie and people think I just went to dinner.

“People need to realize it’s only what people choose to show, that’s what’s out there.

“I really try to refrain from posting bikini pictures. I really do. I’m trying my bestApparently if you post that it means you don’t play tennis or something. It’s influenced a little bit how I act.”
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