Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard
Bouchard WM19 (8) (48521872326).jpg
Country (sports) Canada
ResidenceMiami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Born (1994-02-25) February 25, 1994 (age 25)
Westmount, Canada
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJorge Todero (2019–)
Prize money$6,285,070
Singles
Career record258–184 (58.4%)
Career titles1 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 5 (October 20, 2014)
Current rankingNo. 220 (October 21, 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (2014)
French OpenSF (2014)
WimbledonF (2014)
US Open4R (2014, 2015)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (2014)
Olympic Games2R (2016)
Doubles
Career record55–63 (46.6%)
Career titles1 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 103 (August 12, 2013)
Current rankingNo. 127 (May 27, 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2014)
Wimbledon3R (2013)
US Open2R (2015)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2016)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open1R (2015)
Wimbledon1R (2013)
US Open2R (2015)
Team competitions
Fed Cup13–4
Hopman CupRR (2014, 2015, 2018)
Last updated on: June 10, 2019.

Eugenie "Genie" Bouchard (/bˈʃɑːrd/;[1][2] French: Eugénie Bouchard, pronounced [øʒeni buʃaʁ]); born February 25, 1994) is a Canadian tennis player who resides in Miami.[3] At the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, she became the first Canadian-born player representing Canada[a] to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament in singles, finishing runner-up to Petra Kvitová.[4] Bouchard also reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open[5] and 2014 French Open.[6] Having won the 2012 Wimbledon girls' title,[7] she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year at the end of the 2013 WTA Tour.[8][9] Finally, Bouchard received the WTA Most Improved Player award for the 2014 season and reached a career-high ranking of No. 5, becoming the first Canadian female tennis player to be ranked in the top 5 in singles.[10]

Early life and junior career

Eugenie Bouchard was born as one of twins to Michel Bouchard, an investment banker, and Julie Leclair in Montreal.[11]

Bouchard started playing tennis at the age of five and was a member of Tennis Canada's National Training Centre in Montreal. She attended The Study school in Westmount. At age 12, she moved to Florida with her mother to be coached by Nick Saviano,[12] where she met one of her best childhood friends, tennis player Laura Robson. From that time on, she was nicknamed "the chosen one" by her siblings.[13] Her father established a limited partnership called "Tennis Mania" to support Eugenie's career. He and two investors contributed money to the partnership in exchange for 10 percent of Bouchard's future earnings when she would become a professional tennis player. In August 2013, a court ruled that the partnership has no legal claims as Eugenie, then a 9-year-old, could not have reasonably agreed to giving away parts of her future earnings. Her father had argued that the money he had put into the partnership before Eugenie turned pro was a business loss which would have meant a tax benefit for himself.[14]

At 15, Bouchard returned to Montreal for training.[12]

Professional career

2005–10: First events on the ITF circuit

In 2005, Bouchard participated at the tournament Open Super 12 in Auray, France. She captured the ITF singles and doubles titles in Costa Rica and also the All Canadian ITF singles title in Burlington in 2008. In 2009 and at only 15, she won the Canadian Under-18 Indoor Championship in Toronto. At this event, Bouchard overpowered fellow Quebecer Marianne Jodoin to become, at 15 years and a month, one of the youngest winners of the indoor event. Later that year, she won her first professional main-draw match at Caserta, Italy, defeating No. 798 Frederica Grazioso. Also in that year, she won the Pan American Closed ITF Championships.[15]

2011: Junior success and first WTA tournament appearance

Bouchard with her trophy after her win at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships' junior event

At the Australian Open, she lost in the semifinals of the singles junior event against 5th seed Monica Puig. A week later, she won her first professional title at the $25,000 Burnie International, where she defeated fellow 16-year-old qualifier Zheng Saisai in the final.[16][17] She won her second professional title in April at the $10,000 in Šibenik, Croatia. She defeated qualifier Jessica Ginier in the final. She missed the French Open due to an injury. At Wimbledon, Bouchard lost in the quarterfinals of the singles junior event to No. 3 seed Irina Khromacheva but won the doubles junior event with her partner Grace Min. She also reached a week later her first professional doubles final with Megan Moulton-Levy at the $50,000 tournament in Waterloo, where she lost. At the end of July, she beat the 114th ranked player Alison Riske at the Citi Open in College Park. It was her first WTA main-draw win. With that win, she had the chance to meet No. 2 seed Nadia Petrova in the second round, but lost the match.

2012: Junior Wimbledon champion

Bouchard reached the semifinals of the junior Australian Open for the second straight year, but lost to Yulia Putintseva. Bouchard won her first professional doubles title at the $50,000 tournament in Dothan with partner Jessica Pegula. She defeated fellow Canadians Sharon Fichman and Marie-Ève Pelletier in the final. In May, Bouchard won her third professional singles title at the $10,000 ITF Challenger in Båstad with a win over Katharina Lehnert. She won the next week her second straight ITF title in Båstad, when she defeated Milana Špremo in the final. Bouchard won the singles title at the junior Wimbledon with a victory over third seed Elina Svitolina. She became the first Canadian ever, junior or pro, to win a Grand Slam in singles.[7] She also won the doubles title for the second straight year, this time with American Taylor Townsend, after beating Belinda Bencic and Ana Konjuh in the final.[18]

At the end of July, Bouchard won her second $25,000 tournament and fifth singles title of her career at the Challenger de Granby. She defeated fellow Canadian and defending champion Stéphanie Dubois in the final.[19] She played a week later at the Citi Open where she was awarded a wildcard for the main draw. Bouchard made it to the first WTA quarterfinal of her career, where she was defeated by Sloane Stephens. At the Rogers Cup, she upset former world No. 11 Shahar Pe'er in the first round.[20] She then lost in the next round to 2011 French Open champion Li Na. Bouchard reached her first $50,000 final at the Challenger in Saguenay, but lost to Madison Keys.[21] The next week, she won her first 50K at the ITF Challenger in Toronto.[22] She reached the doubles final as well. At her last tournament of the season, Bouchard lost to Jacqueline Cako and Natalie Pluskota in the doubles final of the 75K in Phoenix.[23]

2013: Breakthrough

Bouchard at the 2013 French Open

For the 2013 season, Bouchard enlisted Nathalie Tauziat to coach and travel with her part-time, and Bouchard transformed her defensive, retrieving tactics from junior level into a game of aggression.[24] Tauziat was let go after the season and Saviano committed to a more present role alongside Bouchard.

At the start of the season, Bouchard attempted to qualify for the main draw at the Apia International Sydney, but lost to Storm Sanders in the first round of the qualifiers.[25] She played the qualifiers for the Australian Open and was eliminated by Daria Gavrilova in the second round.[26] Bouchard played in the main draw of the Copa Bionaire in Cali, Colombia. She beat Laura Thorpe in the opening round but lost to Russian Alexandra Panova in the next round.[27] At the Copa Colsanitas, she had to play the qualifying rounds again. She beat Richèl Hogenkamp in the opening round but lost to Arantxa Parra Santonja in the second, preventing her from making the main draw.[28] Bouchard played in the main draw of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Mexico. She beat Eva Birnerová in the first round, and then faced defending champion and top seed Sara Errani, but was defeated.[29] She received a wildcard entry to the Sony Open Tennis in Miami and beat Shahar Pe'er in her opening match and was defeated in the second round by world No. 2 Maria Sharapova.[30]

At the Family Circle Cup, she successfully qualified for the main draw, and drew fellow qualifier Nastassja Burnett which she won in straight sets. She also defeated world No. 42 Laura Robson in three sets in the second round, her first top-50 win. Bouchard won her third-round clash against former US Open champion Samantha Stosur after the Australian retired, booking a spot in the quarterfinals of the Premier tournament. It was the first top-10 victory of her young career. Although she lost to Jelena Janković, the quarterfinal appearance assured her a spot in the top-100 for the first time.[31] Bouchard went on to play a French Open warm-up tournament, the Internationaux de Strasbourg, where she had one of her most impressive runs on the WTA Tour to date. She made it to the semifinals by defeating Sílvia Soler Espinosa, Camila Giorgi and Anna Tatishvili all in straight sets, but lost to Alizé Cornet.[32] Bouchard made her first Grand Slam main-draw appearance at the French Open, where she defeated Tsvetana Pironkova in straight sets. Her next opponent was the defending champion and world No. 2 Maria Sharapova, who defeated her.[33]

At Wimbledon, Bouchard beat qualifier Galina Voskoboeva in her opening match in three tough sets. In the second round, she had one of the biggest wins of her career when she beat world No. 12 and former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic on Centre Court in straight sets. But she was eliminated in the third round by Carla Suárez Navarro.[34] At the beginning of August, Bouchard reached the doubles final at the tournament in Washington, D.C. which was the first WTA final of her career. She was defeated, with partner Taylor Townsend, by Shuko Aoyama and Vera Dushevina in the final.[35] The next week, she made it to the second round for the second straight year at the Rogers Cup and was ultimately defeated by defending champion Petra Kvitová.[36] At the last WTA Premier 5 before the US Open, Bouchard reached the second round of the Western & Southern Open as a qualifier, but lost in three sets to world No. 1 Serena Williams.[37] At the US Open, she was stopped by world No. 9 Angelique Kerber in the second round.[38] Bouchard made it to the second WTA semifinal of her career at the Challenge Bell in mid-September, but was eliminated by Lucie Šafářová.[39]

At the Premier 5 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Bouchard had a remarkable run. She defeated Monica Puig in the first round and the No. 9 seed Sloane Stephens in three tight sets in the second. In the third round, she beat the former world No. 1 and 6th seed Jelena Janković, her second win over a member of the top-10, in straight sets to reach her first WTA Premier-5 quarterfinal and fourth WTA quarterfinal of her career. She was defeated by Venus Williams in the next round in over three hours of play.[40] The next week, Bouchard lost to Sloane Stephens in the second round of the WTA Premier Mandatory China Open.[41] At the HP Open, she made it to the first WTA singles final of her career and became the first Canadian to reach a WTA singles final since Rebecca Marino in 2011 in Memphis.[42] She ultimately lost to Sam Stosur in the final.[43] At the BGL Luxembourg Open, the last tournament of her season, Bouchard was defeated by Andrea Petkovic in the first round.[44] Bouchard was named the Newcomer of the Year after her breakthrough season, the first Canadian since Carling Bassett-Seguso in 1983 to win the WTA award.[8][9]

During the 2013 off-season she appeared on CTV Montreal as a guest weather anchor.[45]

2014: First WTA title, Grand Slam final and top-5 appearance

Bouchard during the victory ceremony in Nürnberg

Bouchard started the new season at the Hopman Cup, where she represented Canada with Milos Raonic, followed by a first-round exit at the Apia International Sydney to Bethanie Mattek-Sands.[46] The next week, Bouchard won her opening match at the Australian Open over wildcard Tang Haochen,[47] followed by wins over Virginie Razzano,[48] Lauren Davis,[49] and Casey Dellacqua to advance to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, Bouchard defeated Ana Ivanovic and advanced to the semifinals. She was eliminated by world No. 4 Li Na in the semifinals, but guaranteed herself a spot in the world's top 20 for the first time.[50] Two weeks later, she won both of her singles matches in the Fed Cup World Group II first round against Serbia, helping Canada reach the World Group playoffs for the first time since 2004.[51]

At the BNP Paribas Open, Bouchard defeated Peng Shuai in the second round and scored her third win over a member of the top 10 with a victory over Sara Errani in the third round.[52] Her run was stopped by world No. 7 Simona Halep in the fourth round.[53] Bouchard reached the quarterfinals of the Family Circle Cup for the second straight year with wins over Alla Kudryavtseva and Venus Williams in the second and third rounds respectively.[54] She then advanced to the semifinals for the first time after defeating world No. 8 Jelena Janković, her fourth win over a top-10 player, but lost to Andrea Petkovic.[55][56] At the Fed Cup World Group Play-offs two weeks later, Bouchard helped Canada get its place in the World Group I, the first time for the country since the introduction of the new World Group format in 1995, by winning her two singles matches.[57] At the Nürnberger Versicherungscup, a French Open warm-up tournament, Bouchard won the first WTA singles title of her career with a victory over Karolína Plíšková in the final. She is the first Canadian to win a WTA singles title since Aleksandra Wozniak at the Bank of the West Classic in 2008 and the sixth in history.[58][59]

At the French Open, Bouchard defeated Shahar Pe'er, Julia Görges, and Johanna Larsson in the first three rounds to set up a clash with world No. 9 Angelique Kerber in the round of 16. She won the match in straight sets in only 52 minutes, her fifth victory over a member of the top 10, to reach the quarterfinals. She then defeated Carla Suárez Navarro in three sets, coming back from 2–5 down and 1–4 down in the first and deciding set respectively, to make it to her second consecutive Grand Slam semifinal.[60] In the semifinals, she was eliminated by world No. 8 and eventual tournament winner Maria Sharapova in three sets.[6]

Bouchard suffered an opening-round exit at the Topshelf Open as the 3rd seed, where she lost to Vania King in three sets. At Wimbledon, Bouchard defeated Daniela Hantuchová, Sílvia Soler Espinosa, Andrea Petkovic, Alizé Cornet, and Angelique Kerber, all in straight sets, to make it to her third straight Grand Slam semifinal. In doing so, she became the first WTA player to make the semifinals of the first three Grand Slams of the season since Dinara Safina in 2009, and guaranteed her first top-10 ranking following the tournament.[61] She then defeated world No. 3 Simona Halep in straight sets to become the first Canadian-born player representing Canada to make it into a Grand Slam singles final, ultimately falling to Wimbledon 2011 champion Petra Kvitová in straight sets.[4]

Bouchard was scheduled to start her US Open Series campaign at the Citi Open; however, she withdrew from the tournament citing a right knee injury. She played her first tournament since Wimbledon at the Rogers Cup in her hometown of Montreal.[62] Seeded 5th, she received a first-round bye and faced American Shelby Rogers in her opener. Bouchard suffered a shocking three-set loss.[63] Bouchard was the 7th seed at the Western & Southern Open and lost again in three sets in the second round, this time to Svetlana Kuznetsova.[64] At the US Open, she was defeated by Ekaterina Makarova in the fourth round.[65] Bouchard received a main-draw wildcard (after forgetting to enter) to participate in the Hong Kong Open, but pulled out of the tournament due to heat stroke suffered at the US Open. She had been the image of promotion for the tournament and promoted widely. Her last-minute withdrawal sparked criticism, as she had allegedly agreed to appearance fees and signed contracts, to which the WTA responded by fining the tournament official. At the inaugural Wuhan Open, Bouchard reached her first WTA Premier-5 final with wins over Mona Barthel, Alison Riske, Alizé Cornet and No. 7 Caroline Wozniacki.[66] She was defeated by Petra Kvitová in the final, in a rematch of the Wimbledon final.[67]

In October, Bouchard qualified for the 2014 WTA Finals, hosted in Singapore, and was joined by top players Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitová, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwańska, Ana Ivanovic, and Caroline Wozniacki,[68] but she was eliminated in the round-robin stage.[69]

At the end of the 2014 season, she was named the WTA Most Improved Player.[10] On November 24, 2014, it was announced that Saviano and Bouchard were parting ways.[70] Bouchard finished the season ranked number 7 in the world.

2015: Out of form, concussion at US Open

Bouchard in 2015

Bouchard started her season at the Hopman Cup, representing Canada alongside Vasek Pospisil. She lost her first match against the Czech Republic's Lucie Šafářová, and Canada went on to lose the tie. Then, in the tie against the United States, Bouchard beat Serena Williams, while Pospisil beat John Isner to give Canada the win. They defeated Italy in the last tie, but despite the win, they finished second in the group and were eliminated.[71] At the Australian Open, Bouchard lost in the quarterfinals to Maria Sharapova in straight sets.[72] On February 5, 2015, Bouchard began working with Sam Sumyk, who had previously coached Victoria Azarenka to Grand Slam success.[73]

Bouchard, the top seed at BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games at Antwerp, was eliminated in the second round by Mona Barthel after a first-round bye.[74] At the BNP Paribas Open, Bouchard was eliminated in the fourth round by qualifier Lesia Tsurenko.[75] A week later in Miami, after a first-round bye, Bouchard was defeated in the second round by yet another qualifier, Tatjana Maria in straight sets.[76]

Bouchard began her clay-court season at the Family Circle Cup. After receiving a bye in the first round, she lost in the second round to unseeded Lauren Davis in straight sets.[77] Bouchard then participated in Fed Cup, representing team Canada. She went on to lose both of her singles matches to Romanians Alexandra Dulgheru and Andreea Mitu. Canada was hence relegated to the World Group II division.[78]

Bouchard lost her first-round match against Barbora Strýcová at the Madrid Open, after winning the first set and up with a break in the second, which put her losing streak at the time at six matches.[79] The next week at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, she won her first match since March defeating Zarina Diyas in the second round, but lost in the next round to eventual finalist Carla Suárez Navarro.[80] At the French Open, Bouchard was eliminated in the first round, losing to Kristina Mladenovic.[81]

Bouchard's losing streak continued when she lost in the first round to Yaroslava Shvedova at the Topshelf Open as a wildcard entry and top seed, then in the second round of the Aegon Classic yet again to Mladenovic after getting bagelled in the third set in Birmingham, having received a first round bye.[82] Bouchard won her first match on grass by defeating Alison Riske in the second round in Eastbourne. However, she was forced to retire against eventual champion Belinda Bencic in round three with an abdominal injury.[83] Bouchard next headed to Wimbledon as the defending finalist and the 12th seed.[84] She was taken down in straight sets by qualifier Duan Yingying in the opening round, her second consecutive first-round loss at a Grand Slam event.[85] This loss would push her down to No. 26, her first time out of the top 20 since her semifinal appearance at the 2014 Australian Open. After just six months, Sumyk was fired by Bouchard as coach.[86]

At the Rogers Cup in August, her first tournament in more than a month and her home event, Bouchard was again defeated by eventual champion Belinda Bencic in the first round.[87] Ana Ivanovic said about that: "I went through that and it's not easy," "And every person or player goes through it differently because of their character. And (Bouchard) is very young. I think it's important to go back to her basics and what works for her and to work hard and actually listen to herself. (Do) what she needs to do rather than being too much influenced by outside people. "Surround herself with the right people and then stick with it".[88] At the Western & Southern Open the next week, she progressed to the second round over Kateryna Bondarenko in two tie-breaks, her first match win since June, but was immediately eliminated by eventual semifinalist Elina Svitolina.[89] In New Haven, Bouchard was defeated easily in the first round by Roberta Vinci.[90]

At the US Open, Bouchard defeated Alison Riske and Polona Hercog in the first and second round, respectively, which became her first back-to-back wins since March at the BNP Paribas Open.[91] In the third round, Bouchard defeated Dominika Cibulková in three-sets to reach the second week at the US Open for the second straight year.[92] The tournament was seen as Bouchard's return to form, as she was also advancing in the doubles and mixed doubles.[93] Bouchard was scheduled to play Roberta Vinci in the fourth round, but was forced to withdraw due to a concussion, an injury she suffered after slipping and falling in the locker-room.[94] A subsequent lawsuit was filed against the United States Tennis Association on her behalf, with the parties reaching settlement in 2018.[95] The injury forced Bouchard to withdraw from other tournaments[93] and she played only one match in the remainder of 2015, against Andrea Petkovic at the China Open, a match she had to retire from in the second set after suffering from dizziness.[96] Bouchard ended 2015 as world number 48 in the WTA rankings.

2016: Mixed results

Bouchard in 2016

After over three months since her last match, Bouchard started the new season at the Shenzhen Open, winning in the first two rounds over Donna Vekić and Nicole Gibbs, respectively. She was defeated by Tímea Babos in the quarterfinals.[97] The following week at the Hobart International, she had her most decisive victory in almost a year, beating Bethanie Mattek-Sands with the loss of just three games, followed by a tough straight-set win over Alison Van Uytvanck to bring her into her second straight quarterfinal of the year. She then defeated Camila Giorgi and Dominika Cibulková to reach her first final since the 2014 Wuhan Open; however, she lost in straight sets to Alizé Cornet.[98]

Bouchard next played the Australian Open, where she was unseeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2013. She won her opening match against Aleksandra Krunić, before falling to world No. 4 Agnieszka Radwańska in the second round.[99] In February, she reached the third round of the Qatar Total Open before falling to Zheng Saisai in straight sets.[100] In March at the Malaysian Open, Bouchard advanced to her second final of the season where she was defeated by Elina Svitolina in three sets.[101]

At Indian Wells, she lost in the third round to Timea Bacsinszky.[102] After mutually parting ways with Thomas Hogstedt, Bouchard re-hired Saviano as coach prior to the clay-court season.[103] At the French Open, she advanced to the second round but lost to Bacsinszky again, despite leading 4–1 in the first set.[104] After the match, Bouchard publicly admitted that her struggles on the court the previous year had led to her struggling to eat properly. This sparked rumours that she had developed an eating disorder, which she soon denied.[105][106]

Her grass-court season began with a loss to qualifier Elise Mertens at the Ricoh Open in which she won just two games.[107] She went on to be eliminated at the second round of the Mallorca Open by Anastasija Sevastova[108] and then reached the third round at Eastbourne, losing again to Radwanska.[109] At Wimbledon, Bouchard beat Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets, in a match that began on the outside courts but was finished under the closed roof of Centre Court due to an extremely long rain delay.[110] Less than 24 hours later, she was back on Centre Court and won back-to-back matches in a Grand Slam for the first time this year, defeating Johanna Konta in three sets.[111] In the third round, she lost in straight sets to Dominika Cibulkova.

At her home tournament, the Rogers Cup, Bouchard advanced to the third round with wins over Lucie Šafářová and world No. 10 Dominika Cibulková. Her run was stopped by qualifier Kristína Kučová.[112] She next competed at the Summer Olympics in Rio, and won her opening match over Sloane Stephens, but was defeated by world No. 2 Angelique Kerber in the next round. She also reached the second round in doubles with Gabriela Dabrowski.[113] At the US Open, Bouchard lost to Kateřina Siniaková in the first round.[114] Post-US Open, she lost in two more first rounds, and a second round, in her last three tournaments of the year, and ended the year ranked No. 46.

2017: Continued struggles with form

Bouchard at 2017 Citi Open

Bouchard started the year by playing at the Brisbane International. She was defeated in the first round by Shelby Rogers.[115] At the Sydney International, Bouchard defeated world No. 23 Zhang Shuai in the first round. She then defeated world No. 6 Dominika Cibulková in straight sets to set up a quarterfinal meeting with world No. 27 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, whom she defeated to reach her first semifinal since February 2016. She lost to world No. 10 Johanna Konta.[116] At the Australian Open, Bouchard defeated Louisa Chirico and Peng Shuai in her first two matches, but lost to CoCo Vandeweghe in three sets in the third round.[117] She lost in the first round of her next four tournaments, the Mexican Open, Indian Wells Masters, Miami Open and Monterrey Open respectively.[118]

Bouchard made a return to the ITF Pro Circuit for the first time in nearly four years at the 80K event in Indian Harbour Beach, but was defeated by Victoria Duval in the quarterfinals.[119][120] Two weeks later, she lost in the opening round of the İstanbul Cup to Jana Čepelová.[121] In May at the Premier Mandatory Madrid Open, she won her first tour-level match since the Australian Open in January with a victory over Alizé Cornet. She then managed to defeat Maria Sharapova in the second round, her first win in five meetings, to set up a match with world No. 2 Angelique Kerber in the third round. Bouchard won the first set and was up 5–0 in the second before Kerber had to retire with a left thigh injury. Her run was ended by world No. 9 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.[122] At the French Open, she won her first-round match over Risa Ozaki but was defeated by Anastasija Sevastova in the second.[123] Bouchard lost in the opening round of the Wimbledon Championships to Carla Suárez Navarro.[124] At the Citi Open in August, she reached her second WTA doubles final but lost to Shuko Aoyama and Renata Voráčová with partner Sloane Stephens.[125] In October, at her last tournament of the season, the BGL Luxembourg Open, she and partner Kirsten Flipkens advanced to the doubles final but were defeated by Lesley Kerkhove and Lidziya Marozava.[126]

In December, it was announced that trial for Bouchard's lawsuit against the USTA (regarding the alleged head injury caused to Bouchard by the slippery surface in a physiotherapy room at the 2015 US Open) would take place in late February 2018, and was expected to last around ten days.[127] Bouchard finished the 2017 season as world number 81, continuing her slide down the WTA rankings.

2018: Out of top 100, late resurgence

After parting company with coach Thomas Högstedt towards the end of 2017, Bouchard began working with Harold Solomon.[128] She teamed up with Vasek Pospisil to compete at the Hopman Cup for Canada, but failed to win a single match in the competition, losing all three of her singles games in straight sets, and picking up a buttock injury during her last match against Elise Mertens.[129] Bouchard's losing streak continued at the Hobart International when she was beaten again in straight sets by Aryna Sabalenka, a result that meant Bouchard fell out of top 100 of WTA rankings for the first time since 2013.[130]

At the Australian Open, Bouchard defeated France's Oceane Dodin in the opening round before losing to world number one Simona Halep in the second round. Following several poor results at the front-end of the season, including failure to qualify at the French Open, Bouchard's world ranking plummeted to 194 in early June, her lowest ranking in six-years. Bouchard slowly improved her ranking over the coming months, starting with qualifying into main draw of Wimbledon, where she lost in the second round to Ashleigh Barty.[131] Bouchard followed this up with a semi-final appearance at the Ladies Championship Gstaad to bring her ranking back to no.123 in the world.

At the US Open, Bouchard showed glimpses of the player she once was, dropping just seven games in three qualifying matches in front of packed crowds.[132] In the main draw, Bouchard continued her dominance from qualifying, dispatching French wildcard Harmony Tan 6-3 6-1. Bouchard was then ousted from the tournament in the second round, falling to Markéta Vondroušová in straight sets.[133] This also marked the first time since Bouchard's 2015 concussion that she won a match at the US Open.

Bouchard again struggled following the US Open, failing to win a main draw match at her next four tournaments. Her luck turned drastically at the Luxembourg Open, where she almost reached her first WTA final since the 2016 Malaysian Open. Bouchard won through three qualifying matches and then defeated Timea Babos, Carla Suarez Navarro and Andrea Petkovic to set up a semi-final clash with top seed Julia Görges. Despite serving for the match at 5–3 in the second set, Bouchard ultimately lost 7–6, 5–7, 1–6.[134][135] The result however moved Bouchard inside the top 100 and saw her end 2018 as world number 87.

2019: Maiden doubles title, losing streak and rankings decline

Bouchard began the season at the ASB Classic in New Zealand, where she made the quarterfinals before losing to top seed Julia Görges. Bouchard also played doubles at the event, partnering American Sofia Kenin. The pair would go on to win the tournament, earning Bouchard her first doubles title on the WTA tour.[136]

At the Australian Open, Bouchard made short work of China's Peng Shuai in the opening round before falling to Serena Williams in the second round. With an early exit at the Australian Open, Bouchard opted to compete at the Oracle Challenger Series on the WTA 125K series tour (WTA's secondary level professional tour circuit). Seeded third, Bouchard progressed to the quarter-finals at the event, where she was defeated by compatriot Bianca Andreescu.

In February, Bouchard was awarded a wildcard into the Premier 5 tournament in Dubai. Bouchard defeated Vera Lapko in the first round before losing to third-seed Simona Halep in the second round. The loss to Halep would begin a huge losing streak for Bouchard and some of the worst form since her initial slump in 2015. Bouchard failed to win a match at Indian Wells, Miami, French Open, Eastbourne, Wimbledon, Lausanne, Washington, Rogers Cup, Vancouver and New York to extend her losing streak to 11 matches across WTA main tour, qualifying and ITF circuit matches. At the US Open, Bouchard's losing streak extended to 12 matches with a straight sets defeat to twelfth seed Anastasija Sevastova. Bouchard's ranking fell outside the world's top 150 following her loss at the US Open.

Bouchard returned in late September at the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open on the ITF circuit. Seeded third, Bouchard crashed out of the tournament in the opening round to world no. 272 Gabriela Talaba, a little known Romanian player with zero top-200 wins prior to the tournament. The loss extended Bouchard's losing streak to 13 matches. Following her continued poor results, Bouchard's ranking slumped to 224 in the world. Bouchard returned to the singles circuit at the Oracle Challenger Series in Houston on the WTA 125K series tour. At the event, Bouchard ended her 13-match losing streak and won her first match at any level in nine-months, defeating Valentini Grammatikopoulou in straight sets.[137] Bouchard also won through her second round match against eighth-seed Francesca Di Lorenzo after Di Lorenzo retired a break down in the second set. Bouchard exited the tournament after retiring three-games into her third-round match against Mandy Minella following a foot injury.[138]

United States Tennis Association lawsuit

Following a mixed doubles match with Nick Kyrgios at the 2015 US Open, Bouchard returned to the women's locker room at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center shortly after 10 p.m.[139] Bouchard then entered a physiotherapy room where she slipped and fell on the tiled floor and hit her head, causing concussion.[140] Following this, Bouchard was forced to withdraw from the remainder of the tournament, including a fourth-round match against eventual runner-up Roberta Vinci.

In October 2015, five weeks after her fall, Bouchard's attorney Benedict Morelli filed a lawsuit against the USTA[141], claiming that Bouchard suffered a "severe head injury" because the floor of the women's locker-room had been swabbed with a "slippery, foreign and dangerous substance."[142][141] Morelli told the New York Times that the substance was a cleaning agent that was supposed to have been left on the floor overnight while the room was out of use.[140] Morelli went on to comment that "They (USTA) should have closed the door and locked it off."[140] Bouchard claimed her injuries "were caused solely by the reason of carelessness, negligence, wanton and willful disregard" on the part of the USTA and alleged that the organisation did not keep the locker room in a "safe and suitable condition" because it had failed to maintain, clean and repair the floor.[140] Bouchard sought both actual, compensatory and statutory damages along with punitive damages, requesting a jury trial.[142] Morelli told the New York Times it was not currently possible to put a figure on the claim because Bouchard was still experiencing symptoms following the accident, but indicated that the settlement "could be talking about millions and millions."[140]

In February 2018, Bouchard provided her first public account of incident at her trial against the USTA in federal court in Brooklyn.[143] Bouchard told the court that after returning to the locker room she changed into a bathing-ready outfit, walked toward the baths, which are through the trainers' room, and took two steps into the trainers' room, falling and hitting her head on the tile floor.[143] Bouchard elaborated that her first reaction after falling was a burning sensation caused by a cleaning solution used on the floor, later identified in the trial as Oasis 299, a heavy-duty cleaning product that can cause "skin burns" according to its safety data sheet.[143] Bouchard then claimed that she told a locker room attendant that she had slipped and fallen, to which the attendant expressed surprise that Bouchard had entered the room.[143] After less than an hour of deliberation, the jury ruled in favour of Bouchard.[144] The jury found however that Bouchard was responsible for 25 percent of the total negligence, meaning the USTA will only have to pay 75 percent of the damages owed.[144] The next day, Bouchard and the USTA reached settlement, the terms of which were sealed and confidential.[145]

Endorsements, sponsors and equipment

Following her breakout grand slam final appearance at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, Bouchard signed a three-year endorsement deal with Coca-Cola, following earlier agreements with Rogers Communications and equipment sponsors Nike and Babolat.[146] The following summer in June 2015, Bouchard signed a 10-year partnership with Aviva Canada.[147]

Bouchard was ranked No.1 by SportsPro in their "World's 50 Most Marketable Athletes 2015 list", toppling the likes of Neymar, Steph Curry and Usain Bolt.[148]

Following Bouchard's slump in form during 2017 and 2018, it was reported that numerous sponsors had cut ties with her, including Colgate, Aviva, Usana and racquet sponsor Babolat.[149] It was also reported that as of March 2018, Nike is paying Bouchard zero dollars as her compensation is strictly performance and rankings based at this point in her contract.[150]

Personal life

Bouchard has a fraternal twin sister, Beatrice, who is six minutes older. She also has two younger siblings, sister Charlotte (born 1995) and brother William (born 1999).[151] She and her twin sister are named after Prince Andrew's daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice of York. Her sister Charlotte is named after Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Monégasque Princess Caroline and her then husband Stefano Casiraghi,[152] and William is named after Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.[153]

A proficient student in mathematics and science, she once considered a career as a physician.[154] She is fluent in French and English. Her favourite tennis player is Roger Federer, whom she met in 2012 at the Wimbledon Ball. She described talking with Federer as a highlight of her life.[12] Bouchard has ADHD.[155]

On February 5, 2017, during Super Bowl LI, between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, Bouchard took to Twitter to predict that Atlanta would win. A bet was proposed by a fan named John Goehrke in reply to her tweet with a proposal that Bouchard would go on a date with him if the Patriots won the game, and she agreed. The Patriots went on to beat the Falcons 34–28.[156] She later released a statement on her Twitter handle quoting, "I will do it, I stay true to my word".[157] The two subsequently went to watch a basketball game at the Barclays Center. Bouchard paid for Goehrke's trip including flights and accommodation.[158] The NFL invited Bouchard and Goehrke to Super Bowl LII as its guests and they attended.[159] On February 28, 2019, it was announced that Bouchard and Goehrke's Super Bowl Date would serve as inspiration for a romantic comedy film at 20th Century Fox with Bouchard serving as executive producer.[160]

Career statistics

Grand Slam tournament finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2014 Wimbledon Grass Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 3–6, 0–6
Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L Win %
Australian Open Q2 SF QF 2R 3R 2R 2R 14–6 70%
French Open 2R SF 1R 2R 2R Q1 1R 8–6 57%
Wimbledon 3R F 1R 3R 1R 2R 1R 11–7 61%
US Open 2R 4R 4R 1R 1R 2R 1R 8–6 57%
Win–Loss 4–3 19–4 7–3 4–4 3–4 3–3 1–4 41–25 62%

Notes

  • 1 Bouchard's 2015 US Open withdrawal in the fourth round does not count as a loss.

Grand Slam doubles performance timeline

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L Win %
Australian Open A 3R A A A 1R 2–2 50%
French Open A A A A A A 0–0
Wimbledon 3R 1R A 1R A Q1 2–3 40%
US Open 1R A 2R A 1R A 1–3 33%
Win–Loss 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 5–8 42%

Awards

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Greg Rusedski is Canadian-born and played in the 1997 US Open final, but played for the United Kingdom after May 1995. Mary Pierce is Canadian-born and played in several Grand Slam finals, but played for France for her entire career.

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Awards
Preceded by
United Kingdom Laura Robson
WTA Newcomer of the Year
2013
Succeeded by
Switzerland Belinda Bencic
Preceded by
Romania Simona Halep
WTA Most Improved Player
2014
Succeeded by
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky