Eugenie Bouchard's eight-year first in birthday photo with twin sister
The tennis player and her sister haven't always had the closest relationship due to their parents' divorce.
Eugenie Bouchard has celebrated her birthday with twin sister Beatrice for the first time in eight years. The Canadian tennis player took to social media recently to share some happy snaps with her sister as they marked their 29th birthdays together.
Remarkably, Bouchard revealed it was the first time since they were 21 that the twins have been together on their birthday to celebrate. In 2021, Beatrice opened up on her fractured relationship with Eugenie, saying her twin sister was "almost a stranger" to her.
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The sisters grew apart at age 10 when their parents split up. Eugenie stayed with their mother Julie, while Beatrice lived with father Michel.
Two years ago, Beatrice claimed she barely spoke to Eugenie anymore and didn't really know her. “It's very funny. I know someone in the grocery store better than my twin sister,” she admitted.
“We are definitely not a simple, happy, perfect family. Even anything but that. Our parents got divorced, they weren't happy with each other.
“Genie was with my mother for most of her life from then on. Myself, our siblings Charlotte and William with my father. So we grew up separately.”
Beatrice said the marriage breakdown caused an enormous strain on the whole family. She added: “The situation caused enormous tension.
“Especially between me, Charlotte, Will and my mother, as well as between Genie and our father. It's still like this today, not at all perfect. I've only seen her twice a year since we were 10 years old.
“Therefore, people in the supermarket are closer to her than her own twin sister. It’s crazy. She is almost a stranger to me.”
Thankfully the twin sisters appear to be mending the fractured relationship and have been spending more time together. In 2022 they attended Coachella together, wearing matching Powerpuff Girls outfits.
Fans flooded Bouchard's post with likes and comments, with many saying how happy they were to see Eugenie and Beatrice together. The photo had over 740,000 views and nearly 8000 likes at time of publishing.
Happy birthday Genie and Bea.
— Debayan Sen (ਦੇਬਾਯਨ) (@debayansen) February 26, 2023
Happy happy birthday Genie & Beatrice.
— M Chandilya (@MittuChandilya) February 26, 2023
Happy Birthday to you both! Most beautiful twins ever
— The Wiltshire Gooner (@TheWiltsGooner) February 26, 2023
Happy for the both of you! Happy birthday and may you always celebrate it together from now on! Good for the both of you too! 🌷🌷🎁🎂🥳🎈🎉🌷🌷
— John Stadler (@JohnStadler6) February 26, 2023
This is amazing!! Cheers! Ladies!!
— Steven William (@MrSteve196) February 26, 2023
I thought you celebrated together more often. Happy birthday. May life bring you happy times!
— Sami Ibrahim (@IbrahamJean) February 26, 2023
Eugenie Bouchard's languishing tennis career
Eugenie is trying to get her tennis career back on track after a staggering fall from grace in recent years. The Canadian burst onto the scene in 2014 and reached as high as World No.5.
She made the final at Wimbledon that year before losing to Petra Kvitova, after reaching the semi-finals at the Australian and French Opens. Many predicted her for superstardom, however she hasn't been able to live up the lofty expectations.
She most recently lost in qualifying for the Australian Open, but has managed to get back up to World No.317 after falling as low as 1241 last year. In early January she reached the round of 16 at the ASB Classic in Auckland before withdrawing due to injury.
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