American tennis player Jessica Pegula has responded to an article which questioned her ‘dynamic that family billions can’t buy’. The article was released following her defeat in the Wimbledon quarter-finals to Czech player Marketa Vondrousova.
Pegula is the daughter of multi-billionaire parents, Terry and Kim Pegula who have an impressive net worth of £5.3billion ($6.7billion) according to Forbes. The couple own NFL and NHL teams – the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres – alongside other highly profitable businesses.
As the daugher of the couple Jessica is technically a billionaire, although she has made a name for herself in her own right. However, in an article by The Times it was suggested that the 29-year-old’s Wimbledon defeat was due, in part, to her upbringing.
The headline read: ‘Six quarter-finals, six defeats: Jessica Pegula needs dynamic that family billions can’t buy’ and went on to claim ‘she is surrounded by luxury, but no grand-slam trophies’.
The article went on to add: ‘Which begs the question of what drives her. Is it possible to be hungry for victory if defeat is not overly meaningful in terms of wealth?’ Leading Pegula to respond via her Twitter account.
In a post where she included a screenshot of the article’s headline, she said: ‘I’ll tell you what I won’t buy is this [trash/bin emoji] article.’ The tweet was then retweeted by tennis influencer Rachel Stuhlmann who added: ‘This is SO [trash/bin emoji] and just ridiculous. You’re amazing @JPegula. Keep balling!’
The tweet was even shared by tennis great Victoria Azarenka who posted to her 1.3million followers: ‘I spilled my coffee laughing at this legend Jess.’
Pegula saw her Wimbledon journey end after a horror day that saw her crash out of both the singles and doubles. A 6-4 2-6 6-4 defeat to Marketa Vondrousova saw her lose a sixth successive quarter-final.
Following the result she was then on the wrong end of the scoreline alongside fellow American Coco Guaff in the doubles. The pair lost to Vera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund in the Round of 16 in straight sets.
The game saw Pegula hit her racket on the grass in anger and addressed her frustrations following the result, saying: “I don’t know. I mean, it obviously was in anger. Do you think I smashed it because I was happy?
“I was p***** I got broken. We lost the game. It was 2-5. Yeah, then she held. Yeah, we had chances and it was just a frustrating match.”