Eugenie Bouchard hopes Justin Bieber will be cheering her on in Wimbledon final from the Royal Box

The 20-year-old tennis player said Bieber might need to 'clean up his image'

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Rising tennis star Eugenie Bouchard may have her eyes on more than one prize as she prepares for the Wimbledon final.

The young tennis player is hoping that fellow Canadian and global pop star Justin Bieber is paying attention to her success. No one understands why.

After winning her semi-final on Thursday, the 20-year-old was asked during a press conference whether she thinks that Bieber is aware that she is the country’s first tennis player to reach a Grand Slam title match.

Bouchard replied: “I hope so. I'm putting in so much hard work. I want to see this hard work rewarded.”

It is not the first time she has evidenced an interest in the “Baby” singer. During an on-court interview at the Australian Open in January, Bouchard was asked who she would like to go on a date with – and, you guessed it, she offered up his name. He responded by sending a tweet wishing her good luck.

However, Bouchard was slightly more reserved in her enthusiasm this time around, noting the reckless singer’s recent spate of bad behaviour.


Asked whether Bieber had been in touch with her during the tennis tournament, Bouchard said: “You know, he's kind of been in trouble recently.

"I'm not associated with that at the moment. But, you know, if he cleans up his image..."

Bouchard, who will face Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in Saturday's final at the All England Club, was also asked whether Bieber might be Royal Box "material" at Centre Court, where actors and singers mix with sports stars and monarchs.

"He's not?" Bouchard asked.

"They really wouldn't allow him in the Royal Box if he came? I feel like he would manage to get himself in there somehow."

But she conceded that Oprah would be her second choice among the famous faces she would like to see cheering her on from the VIP area.

Bieber is due to stand trial in the US next month on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired licence, after a street race incident in Florida in January.

And earlier this month he was forced to apologise after two videos emerged of him as a teenager making racist comments about black people, including using the n-word.

Additional reporting by Associated Press