“Entire Life in One Photo”: Eugenie Bouchard Reacts to Special Birthday Gift from Genuine Fan

Published 02/25/2021, 7:48 AM EST
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 05: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada looks on during her singles match against Elise Mertens of Belgium on day seven during the 2018 Hopman Cup at Perth Arena on January 5, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard, who turned 27 on Thursday, received a birthday gift that she would, perhaps, cherish more than any other.

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Currently at a faraway 142nd spot in the women’s rankings, which hardly does justice to her talent and potential, Bouchard took to Twitter to share a birthday post from a follower who calls herself her “proud, true, loyal fan”.

Eugenie Bouchard delighted with fan’s post on her birthday

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The post features a collage of pictures, depicting her “entire life in one photo”, as the Canadian called it.

The collage has snatches of myriad moods and moments from Bouchard’s life, and the fan has tagged the post with a long message and an adorable birthday wish for the Canadian.

The diehard fan, whose Twitter handle @Genieforlife suggests as much, heaped praise on the tennis star, calling her “an amazing role model for many people around the world”.

In more heartwarming words for the 27-year-old, the fan called her the “most kind-hearted, genuine person I have ever met”.

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Bouchard, or Genie as she is nicknamed by her fans, couldn’t secure passage to the main women’s draw at the Australian Open after failing to clear the qualifying rounds in Dubai. However, playing at the WTA Istanbul event last year, she did show flashes of brilliance and the kind of play that got her to a career-high ranking of World Number 5 on October 20, 2014.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 18: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada walks off court after losing her second round match against Simona Halep of Romania on day four of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2018, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Bouchard reached the final of the event and was in sight of her second career WTA title. But she fell at the last hurdle, losing in three sets to Romanian Patricia Maria Tig. However, her run to the final had fueled hopes of her making the cut at the Australian Open this year. 

But the Canadian fell to a straight-set defeat to Chinese Yue Yuan in the second round of the qualifiers.

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She did make the third round of the French Open last year but lost to eventual champion Iga Swiatek.

In a special wish for the Canadian on her birthday, the fan wrote, “…please never change one bit because you’re perfect just the way you are”.

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Bouchard will be hoping that the endless stream of birthday wishes can translate into more on-court success this year.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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