“Got My Willy Wonka Golden Ticket”: Eugenie Bouchard Seconds Simona Halep in Getting the Coronavirus Jab

Published 04/10/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
MONTREAL, ON – JULY 24: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada addresses the media during previews of the Rogers Cup at Uniprix Stadium on July 24, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)


As COVID-19 vaccinations roll out worldwide, some tennis players have voiced their hesitation in taking the shot. However, Eugenie Bouchard is not one of them. The Canadian star recently took the jab and shared the news with a witty Willy Wonka reference.

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She is second only to Romanian World No. 3 Simona Halep, who set an example for others over a month ago.

Tennis administrations are also encouraging players vaccinated; those who take the coronavirus jab would earn some perks and advantages in the tournaments to come. But some players remain reluctant, namely, Andrey Rublev, Aryna Sabalenka, Elina Svitolina, and Diego Schwartzman.

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However, the 27-year-old Canadian getting vaccinated is bound to inspire others even outside the tennis world. Moreover, Genie’s reference to the vaccination shot is equally delightful as the news.

The photo shows Eugenie Bouchard with the vaccination slip and a band-aid on her left arm. Moreover, she added a picture of the golden ticket used in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

The golden ticket in the movie is given out to five lucky kids to visit the infamous chocolate factory and win a lifetime of sweets supply. She wrote“Got my Willy Wonka Golden Ticket.”

In a subsequent tweet, she explained that the golden ticket would get us back to normal, pre-COVID life. This further reinforces her belief in the vaccination.

Furthermore, the first tournament to execute the vaccination rules is Monte-Carlo Masters 2021, which starts on April 11. However, it is still not clear whether or not Bouchard will play the qualifiers.

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Eugenie Bouchard: 2021 season

Tennis-wise, the former World No. 5 is still struggling with her form and consistency. She failed for the second consecutive year in the Australian Open 2021 qualifiers.

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in action against Iga Swiatek of Poland in the third round of the singles competition on Court Simonne Mathieu during the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on October 2nd, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

However, Bouchard picked up her game at the WTA Abierto Zapopan Open, where she finished as the runner-up. But again, in the following tournament, she could not live up to expectations.

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Notably, the 27-year-old has a certain flair when it comes to clay courts as they offer more time and reward hard hitters. Thus, it would be the right time for her to pull up the socks and return to the top echelon of women’s tennis. Hopefully, she will be back in no time.

Do you think Genie Bouchard will come back to business this year?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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