Canada's Eugenie Bouchard - who can't seem to walk off court in Australia without being accosted by a courtside reporter asking her to do something silly or excessively cutesy - isn't too fussed about being asked to do a twirl after her victory the other day.
Australian interviewer Ian Cohen is under fire for asking Bouchard to do a twirl for the cameras following her win over Kiki Bertens. The idea was partially inspired by Bouchard complimenting Serena Williams' attire on Twitter and Williams' tendency to twirl after her games. Last year, British former pro Sam Smith asked her who she would most like to date (she answered Justin Bieber).
Billie Jean King let rip at 'sexism' evident in the latest interview, saying that 'if you ask the women, you have to ask the guys to twirl as well.'
Bouchard herself seems fairly game about the whole thing. She described the incident as 'kind of funny'. She says she is happy to twirl but has one request.
You know, I’m fine with being asked to twirl if they ask the guys to flex their muscles and stuff.
Personally I’m not offended. I think it was an in-the-moment thing and it was funny. But it’s just funny how it’s taken a life of its own. I’m just going to try to focus on my tennis.
She tweeted on the matter as well.
It could have been worse guys ???? #lol #twirlgate pic.twitter.com/lSJ4qGm4yE
— Eugenie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) January 23, 2015
Here's the famous twirl...