Herald on Sunday - - SPY NEWS - With Ri­cardo Simich

Ten­nis star Eu­ge­nie Bouchard will be a guest fash­ion judge at the Eller­slie Box­ing Day Races ahead of her ap­pear­ance at the ASB


Bouchard is one of the big­gest names in women’s sport. The Wim­ble­don fi­nal­ist and for­mer world num­ber five has had some­thing of a ca­reer slump — but is famous off court for her in­flu­ence on so­cial me­dia, ma­jor en­dorse­ments and glam mag­a­zine photo shoots.

She’s the ic­ing on the cake in a stel­lar line-up for the sum­mer ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion, join­ing the likes of Caro­line Woz­ni­acki,

Venus Wil­liams and Vic­to­ria Azarenka.

The 24-year-old Bouchard may be seeded down the bot­tom, but she leads the pack by quite a serve on In­sta­gram with 1.8 mil­lion fol­low­ers. She will land in Auck­land on Christ­mas Day be­fore her Box­ing Day rac­ing du­ties.

“I’m thrilled to be kick­ing off my 2019 sea­son at the ASB Clas­sic in Auck­land,” Bouchard told Spy. “I’ve heard that it’s an ex­cit­ing and in­ti­mate venue to play at and a beau­ti­ful city — I look for­ward to ex­plor­ing.”

This week the Cana­dian ten­nis star thanked Sir Richard Bran­son for hav­ing her on Necker Is­land where she was sup­port­ing the Na­tional Ten­nis Foun­da­tion. While there, she posted a pic­ture of her­self play­ing a game of corn­hole on the beach with Bjorn

Borg in frame cheer­ing her on. She also did a bikini photo shoot tag­ging Aussie swimwear la­bel Skye and Staghorn. Tour­na­ment direc­tor

Karl Budge is well aware of Bouchard’s in­flu­ence on In­sta­gram and is look­ing for­ward to show­ing her Auck­land’s best.

“Ge­nie is ar­riv­ing on Christ­mas Day so I know she will have some time to get out and about. I will be rec­om­mend­ing a trip to Wai­heke, a run along the water­front and through One Tree Hill and cer­tainly tak­ing in our din­ing.

“Ostro has been a favourite of the play­ers in re­cent times and you will catch var­i­ous play­ers nightly down in Brit­o­mart or Fed­eral Street.”

Lux­ury jew­ellery brand Par­tridge Jewellers know Bouchard’s value and are be­jew­elling her to the nines for her judg­ing of the Fash­ions in the Field at Eller­slie, so ex­pect her to sparkle.

Bouchard is sin­gle and fa­mously went on a date af­ter los­ing a bet to a fan on Twit­ter.

Spy hears one of New Zealand’s most el­i­gi­ble sport­ing stars, Olympian and Amer­ica’s Cup sailor Blair Tuke, may be hav­ing a smash on court with her. Now that would be a love match.

Blair Tuke Eu­ge­nie Bouchard

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