French Open diary: Bouchard has ‘no friends’ on Tour and Murray backs Miami Heat

Reporting from Roland Garros, Reem Abdulleil gives us a daily does of what the WTA and ATP Tours are like for its players and the journalists reporting on the tournaments.

Reem Abulleil
by Reem Abulleil
2nd June 2014

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Head down: Eugenie Bouchard celebrates with the trophy after winning the Nuernberger Versicherungscup last month.
Head down: Eugenie Bouchard celebrates with the trophy after winning the Nuernberger Versicherungscup last month.

Eugenie Bouchard turned 20 three months ago.

She’s WTA’s new pinup girl, possessing the kind of tennis and confidence that has seen her storm into the quarter-finals for a second consecutive major.


The Canadian world No16 has a lot going for her but perhaps her most vital asset is how intense she is, both on and off the court.

You’d think a 20-year-old on a tennis tour would be taking things a bit lightly, but not Bouchard .

Asked who her best friend on tour is, she quickly answered: “Best friend on tour? I don’t have one. I don’t think the tennis tour is the place to have friends.

“For me, it’s all competition. And I think it’s important to just remember that we’re going to play against each other in matches.

“It’s not like we’re teammates. To me, it’s kind of more competitive.”

That’s probably why she’s the youngest player in the top-16.

Statto Scot hopes Heat claim the threepeat
Andy Murray, who is a Miami Heat season ticket holder, has tipped LeBron James and co for the threepeat against the San Antonio Spurs.

Murray is a sports geek, who never ceases to amaze when he pulls out some impressive stats off the top of his head in almost every single sport.

“I think they’ve (the Heat) got a good chance,” he said.

“The Spurs are always unbelievably consistent, always giving themselves a chance to win. I think it should be a great [NBA] final.

“I saw a stat that Tim Duncan had won 622 games in the last 10 years and that LeBron had won 621. They are No1 and No2. They obviously both know how to get their teams winning.”

So does he see a threepeat for the Heat?

“I think they have a shot,” said the Scot.


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