World No.164 Eugenie Bouchard, who retired from the first round of qualifying at the French Open, posted what was largely understood as a disrespectful tweet about Marco Cecchinato, Italian player that defeated Novak Djokovic in today’s men’s singles quarterfinals, and the tennis Twitter community was quick to slam the former world No.5 Canadian for her comment.
The 24-year-old explained that she didn’t mean to insult the ATP player and genuinely admired his achievement, which was articulated by her clapping hands emoji, but the number of negative comments is overwhelming and I have to say that some are very funny, even though they may be mean.
Here are some responses criticizing Genie for her tweet:
Not all the people understood Genie’s tweet as an insult to Cecchinato, so there were also many tweets that defended the WTA player, one of the most insightful being this one:
Here’s how Genie later explained her intention and defended herself:
I myself think Genie should’ve realized that the tweet was ambiguous, but I admire her for not deleting the tweet after all the negative comments. How do you understand her tweet about Cecchinato?