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Eugenie Bouchard issues grovelling apology after dig at rival who had doping ban lifted

Eugenie Bouchard has apologised to Dayana Yastremska after appearing to call her out over her 2021 doping ban, which was subsequently lifted.

Eugenie Bouchard has apologised to Dayana Yastremska after taking an extraordinary dig at the Ukrainian following her first-round win in the Madrid Open. The Canadian appeared to call her opponent out over her past doping ban in 2021, which had then been lifted in June of that year.

Bouchard overcame Yastremska in the first-round on Wednesday after coming from a set down to win 6-7(6) 6-2 6-2. However, it was her actions after the match that were the most eye-catching as she called out her opponent over a previous doping suspension in Twitter post.

Alongside a photo of herself fist pumping on the court, Bouchard wrote: “There’s something about playing dopers in Madrid…”

It appeared a reference to the previous doping ban Yastremska was given at the beginning of 2021. However, the Ukrainian was cleared just six months later and resumed competing on the tour in June of that year. The ITF stated that they “accepted Ms. Yastremska’s account of how the mesterolone entered her system and determined that she bore no fault or negligence for the violation.”

Bouchard was criticised for her actions and the Canadian has now offered an apology and has deleted the original tweet.


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