The Wimbledon crowd have been rooting for Canadian Eugenie Bouchard all fortnight, but one British player unlikely to be cheering her on in today’s final is Laura Robson.
The pair were close friends for several years after meeting when they were young girls, and went on to put together a home-made ”Gangnam Style” video which became an internet sensation in 2012.
Bouchard referred to Robson as ”my closest friend on tour for sure” at last year’s Wimbledon, b ut their relationship has since cooled.
Asked during a press conference if the pair, both 20, were “still pretty good mates”, Bouchard replied: “No, I don’t think so.”
She added: “I’m sure you guys can figure out that one.”
Robson, who was forced to miss this year’s Wimbledon through injury, declined to comment.
The fracturing of their friendship may have centred on a tug-of-war over coach Nick Saviano, whom Robson appointed as her coach last autumn at a time when he was working with Bouchard.
It appeared they would share Saviano as their coach, but Robson ended the arrangement in March when she signed up Colombian Mauricio Hadad.
After winning her semi-final, Bouchard made a plea for shamed pop star Justin Bieber to be invited to the Royal Box for her match against Petra Kvitova today.
But yesterday she came up with two more realistic guests in the form of Princess Eugenie of York – who she is named after – and US talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
She said: “It would be amazing to meet someone that you’re named after.”
Speaking about Winfrey, she added: ” I think her story is really special. She came from nothing and built herself up to this huge empire and the richest woman in the world.
“I love those stories like that. Justin Bieber is another story like that. I just love the story of making yourself into something. I would love to hear about her experiences and all those kinds of things.
“If she would watch tennis in the Royal Box, that would be cool.”
While the list of stars who will be at Wimbledon today is not yet confirmed, Bouchard knows she will have her family’s support inside Centre Court.
Her mother, Julie Leclair, and brother, William, have been in the players’ box at recent matches, while her twin sister, Beatrice – also named after a British princess – revealed on Twitter that she was flying to the UK for the final.
She can also count on the backing of the Wimbledon crowd who have been behind her throughout the tournament.
” It’s very special to have their support here,” she said. “I even felt it a bit last year and even the year before when I won juniors. It’s nice coming back here and people knowing who I am.
“I definitely feel their support when I’m on the court.
“You know, I hope they’ll support me tomorrow, but I know no matter what, it will be a great atmosphere on Centre Court.”
Today’s action on the showpiece court was watched by a host of famous faces from the world of film, sport and fashion.
US actor Bradley Cooper sat in the Royal Box with his model girlfriend Suki Waterhouse for the men’s semi-finals.
Adventurer Bear Grylls chatted with actor Jude Law, and g olfers Jack Nicklaus and Justin Rose also enjoyed the best view of the world’s most famous tennis lawn. Meanwhile American Vogue editor Anna Wintour was no doubt keeping a close eye on the strict dress code for players.
They witnessed the old guard of tennis stall the rise of a new generation in the men’s game.
Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov, both 23, made the last four for the first time at a grand slam.
But Andy Murray’s conqueror Dimitrov lost to top seed Novak Djokovic, despite the support of girlfriend and former ladies’ singles champion Maria Sharapova in the stands.
Meanwhile Raonic lost in straight sets against seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.
It was a warm and bright day at the All England Club as the temperature reached 24C, according to the Met Office.