Eugenie Bouchard Labels Novak Djokovic a ‘Cry Baby’ and Rafael Nadal a ‘Beast’

Published 08/25/2021, 12:43 AM EDT
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Rafael Nadal of Spain after the ATP Cup Final that Serbia won in 3 sets on day 10 of the ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


The build-up to the US Open gets entertaining with every tick of the clock. As the tournament edges closer, the buzz around its stars has gotten louder than before. However, appearing in a rather fun segment, Eugenie Bouchard’s recent comments on Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are making headlines, with fans creating banter off it.

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Eugenie Bouchard is a popular face among fans, given her shenanigans off-court. A pure entertainer, she is undoubtedly a delight to watch, even while not playing tennis. Notably, ever since her shoulder injury earlier this year, she has made more appearances on camera than on the court.

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From interviews to talk shows to one too many fun-filled segments, Eugenie has become a fan favorite. However, things got pretty feisty after her recent comments on Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, in yet another entertaining video.

Uh-oh…

The Canadian is known for her being her usual self; she’s chirpy, hilarious, full of life, and unafraid to say what’s on her mind. Hence, her recent game show video was perfect for her. In her new segment, Eugenie had to say out loud the first thing that she resonated with, listening to a word. Now, while her response to the word ‘Nadal’ was hugely appreciated by the maestro’s fans, the Serbian audience was not entirely happy with her response associated with Novak.

Nothing but banter though, responding to the word ‘Nadal’, Eugenie said, “Beast.” However, when selecting a title for Novak, she said, “crybaby,” raising a few eyebrows.

Certainly, her response to Novak is in connection with his recent antics at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is known for wearing his heart on his sleeve, every time he takes to the court. In a display of sheer passion, Novak isn’t one to hold himself back from expressing his emotions. However, while his feelings are upheld and understood, his way of expression is often criticized.

Bowing out of the Summer Games, Novak smashed a few racquets, while sending a few flying into the stands. Post his bronze medal match defeat, he even retired from his mixed doubles bronze match, citing injury concerns. However, he was put under the radar for his alleged arrogance, depriving his partner of a shot at a medal.

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Novak Djokovic returns

Given his form this season, the Serbian ‘G.O.A.T.’ was the favorite for gold in Tokyo. Hence, his defeat was a tough pill to swallow. However, after skipping the events ahead of the mega-entertainer, Novak Djokovic has begun training for the US Open. Not long now until the maestro makes a comeback and repairs his tarnished reputation.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning his second round match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar

With both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer out, Djokovic fans look at the US Open as an opportunity to settle the ‘G.O.A.T.’ debate. However, the wounds from the Olympic defeat are still fresh. Can Novak edge past the other members of the ‘big 3’ and increase his Grand Slam tally to 21? Or is a repeat of Tokyo possible?

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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