Social media is a great way for tennis players to interact with fans, as well as with each other — uniting people who are so often trotting around the globe. Unfortunately (or is it fortunately?) for us, social media is also a breeding ground for drama, and we eat it up. Whether it’s a subtweet or a shady picture, Twitter has habitually been the starting point for a lot of drama in the tennis Twitter-verse.
This week — with the WTA’s offseason barely upon us — Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Wozniacki gave us the greatest gift of all, well in advance of the holiday season: a two-day saga of confusion and drama.
Let’s break it all down, just in case you, dear reader, have been a little distracted by whether or not you wanted to favorite all those tweets, or like them.
Bouchard has always been dismissive of the idea of having friends on tour, and it seems she might have rebuffed Wozniacki’s repeated attempts to check-in with the injured Canadian. However, that isn’t even the weird part. The weird part is that Bouchard thought that it was a good idea to post a screenshot of Wozniacki’s private direct messages to her from the past two months, sent while Bouchard was recovering from a concussion she sustained at the US Open. There was nothing scandalous in the messages: just that Wozniacki kept messaging her despite no response.
Soon after Bouchard’s tweet, tennis Twitter exploded with questions.
Why would Bouchard tweet this?
Is Wozniacki desperate for friendship or is she just nice?
Does Bouchard wear pink on Wednesdays?
Of course, one of our favorite Twitter accounts also had a perfect response.
When someone floods your inbox with tons of nice messages https://t.co/dIJ1thjOBH
— WTA Reactions (@WTAreactions) November 2, 2015
Then things got even weirder.
Wozniacki responded to the tweet — and explained that she was hacked…
…but only AFTER Bouchard asserted to the Twitter-verse that hacking could’ve been the only explanation.
Let’s review: a person hacked into her account for the sole purpose of messaging Bouchard nicely.
Many, of course, found this hard to believe, as most Twitter hacks are usually bots sending faulty links about weight loss or allegedly embarrassing Facebook pictures.
Wozniacki then decided to tweet AGAIN, telling her followers to “spread the word” about her being hacked.
My Twitter has been hacked! Sorry!! https://t.co/Y42lTy6fdO
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) November 3, 2015
There’s a chance that Wozniacki is telling the truth and that she was hacked. (In which case, I want to meet this friendly hacker and get him on some other important tennis cases. Serena and Drake, or Serena and that guy from Reddit? Did Sharapova subscribe to TennisTV for the purpose of watching ex, Grigor Dimitrov’s matches? The people want answers.)
BUT there’s also a chance that she was super-embarrassed by Bouchard’s tweet and she’s trying to save face, which I don’t blame her for. After Wozniacki’s tweets, the chatter all seemed to die down, and we all forgot about the Genie/Caroline DM Scandal of 2015 for a few hours.
Did Wozniacki unfollow Bouchard? Where’s that popcorn gif again… pic.twitter.com/H4FclUEvcQ
— Harry (@_harry91) November 4, 2015
Now, we don’t know exactly when Wozniacki unfollowed, but it had to have been recently — some of the last messages were sent the day this saga began. This is what added fuel to the rumor that Wozniacki was lying about being hacked.
If she was hacked, why would she unfollow Bouchard?
Is she actually upset with Bouchard for putting her on blast instead of responding to any of her multiple direct messages?
Though the unfollow seems like the end of this case (for now), a TTI investigation is still moving forward.
(Where did these come from??)