MELBOURNE, Australia — The post-match on-court interview at the Australian Open can make a star out of relatively unknown players who score a big win on Rod Laver Arena.
Think back just a few years ago and you’ll recall Li Na’s time at the microphone. On her way to her first Grand Slam final, she charmed the fans and left everyone in stitches with stories of her snoring husband and creative spending. It’s a great opportunity for fresh-faced players to warm up to the crowd and, if played right, they almost always hit it out of the park.
Not Eugenie Bouchard, though. The 19-year-old Canadian beat Ana Ivanovic 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 on Tuesday to advance to her first major semifinal, but her post-match interview didn’t quite sit well with the spectators. She was asked (rather inappropriately, I might add), If you could go on a date with any person in the world, who would it be? She chose beleaguered Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. And the crowd actually booed her response.
You can watch the funny yet awkward moment here.
Curious about Bouchard’s love for Bieber? She defended her status as a “Belieber” before.
“He gets so much hate, but I like some of his songs,” she told SI.com in an interview last summer. “And I respect him because he came from nothing and he became this mega-superstar and he does have talent.”
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Bouchard’s answer:
Bouchard horrible unforced error in the interview…coming to a GIF in 3,2,1…
— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) January 21, 2014
AND WITH THAT GENIE LOST THE INTERVIEW 60 60. — Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits) January 21, 2014
“Genie, if you could date anyone in the world, who would it be?” “Uh, Michael Crabtree.” — Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) January 21, 2014
‘That’s the best publicity we’ve so far in 2014!’ Justin Bieber’s publicist on Genie Bouchard’s admission. — James Cybulski (@JamesCybulski) January 21, 2014
It was bad that Bouchard just got asked on-court who, of anyone, she would date. It was worse when she said Justin Bieber.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) January 21, 2014
Fun conversation with Japanese journalist. “Justin Bieber is not so popular here. That is the one thing I learned today.”
— Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits) January 21, 2014