Bouchard confirms estrangement with Robson

Saturday, July 05, 2014 /by
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Eugenie Bouchard has confirmed that she is no longer that friendly with Laura Robson.

The two had known each other well since their junior days, stayed frequently in contact, and posted photos of themselves together on social media. It was a year ago at Wimbledon that Bouchard described Robson as “‘my closest friend on tour.’”

But a day before playing the Wimbledon final, the 20-year-old Bouchard said things had changed. Asked if they were still friendly, she replied, ''No, I don't think so.''

Questioned about the reason why, Bouchard said, ''I'm sure you guys can figure out that one.''

Some of the tension is reportedly due to their attempt to share coach Nick Saviano, with Bouchard convincing him to go on tour with her full-time this season. It was through Robson, who attended Saviano's academy, that Bouchard first had her contact with him.

Robson, who has been sidelined following wrist surgery and is working as a commentator for the BBC, did not comment.

The two were an internet sensation with their popular “Gangnam Style” video, which they filmed during Shanghai two years ago.

A year ago at Wimbledon, Bouchard had also said that she did not want to get that friendly with other players, and she repeated her statement at the French Open this year. “I don't think the tennis tour is the place to have friends. For me it's all competition,” she said.

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