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Eugenie Bouchard: The Doubly Magical Tennis Star

Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard

Read about the interesting life of the young tennis player Eugenie Bouchard. Did you know that her name means “double magic” as her full name is Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard. This name is very befitting of the young tennis athlete. 

  • She became the first Canadian singles player to reach the final of a senior Grand Slam singles tennis tournament. 
  • She has also won the Wimbledon 2012 girls’ tournament, becoming the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title at any level. 
  • She has won a WTA title in Nuremberg, Germany, in 2014. 
  • As of 2020, Eugenie Bouchard’s age is 26 years old.

Eugenie Bouchard the Tennis Player

Hailing from Montreal, Quebec (the French and English speaking part of Canada), Eugenie Bouchard (born February 25, 1994) is a professional tennis player. She is famous for being the first Canadian-born player who represented Canada to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament in singles. Furthermore, the 24-year-old player later came as a runner-up, Petra Kvitová was the winner of the title.  She is one of the most famous athletes to come out of Quebec, alongside legendary boxer Adonis Stevenson.

This tennis star player’s full real birth name is Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard. She was born to Michel Bouchard, who is an investment banker and to her mother Julie Leclair who is a homemaker. She has three siblings including a twin sister named Beatrice Bouchard who is six minutes older than her. Eugenie also has a younger sister named Charlotte Bouchard who was born just a year after her in 1995, and younger brother “William Bouchard” who was born in 1999.

Eugenie attended The Study school in Westmount, where her strongest classes were math and science.

Later, at the age of 12, the player shifted to Florida with her mother to be coached by Nick Saviano. Also at the age of 12, she began her career by competing in the tournament Open Super 12 in 2005. Soon, Bouchard started making her name in this sport. Later in 2009, she won the Canadian Under-18 Indoor by beating Quebecer Marianne Jodoin to earn.

In addition, she also won her first professional title at the ITF $25,000 Burnie International. The player beat Zheng Saisai in the final. In the Australian Open in 2014, Bouchard again secured victory over former world no. 1 Ana Ivanovic. Moreover, she also won the finals of WTA singles title by beating Karolina Pliskova. Later, the player reached the semifinals of French Open but couldn’t proceed any further. Unfortunately, she suffered an injury while playing in the US Open in 2015.

In 2017, Eugenie competed at the Brisbane International but couldn’t beat her opponent.

Eugenie Bouchard ranking:

(2006–10) Bouchard’s Junior Tennis Career

At 12 years of age, Bouchard moved with her family to Florida to train at the High Performance Tennis Academy with Nick Saviano, who was also coaching Briton Laura Robson and American Sloane Stephens. According to Bouchard, the move really benefited her development as a tennis player. “It was a good move for my career.” 

“That’s because tennis isn’t as big in Montréal as in Florida,” Bouchard told the Sun Sentinel in 2014. “[In Montréal] I had to play indoors all the time and the variety of players wasn’t great.”

At the age of 13 Bouchard was named Tennis Québec’s female junior player of 2017. This was the first of four times she received the honour (she also won the award in 2008, 2011 and 2012 respectively). As she was training hard in Florida, Bouchard enjoyed great success in International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior events. The young athlete wowed and won the 2008 Costa Rica Bowl where she defeated future Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig of Puerto Rico, and during the 2008 All-Canadian Junior Championship in Burlington, Ontario, where she beat Dominique Harmath from Ontario. 

By 2009 she was moved back to Montréal accompanied by her coach, Nick Saviano. At the age of 15, she trained at the Tennis Canada National Training Centre, which had opened in 2007. Her tournament victories in 2009 comprised of: 1)  the Canadian Under-18 Indoor Championship in Toronto, 2) the Pan American Closed ITF Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 3) and the Loy Yang Traralgon International doubles tournament in Australia, which she won alongside Luksika Kumkhum from Thailand. 

When March 2010 had arrived, the young tennis player won an ITF women’s junior singles tournament at the Uruguay Bowl in Montevideo, Uruguay, defeating Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway in the final, 6–7, 6–3, 6–1. Bouchard then teamed up with the player Eikeri to win the Uruguay Bowl junior girls’ doubles title.

(2011) Success on the Junior and Professional Circuits 

Bouchard won her first victories on the ITF professional circuit and the WTA Tour in 2011. In addition to that, she kept continuing to win matches at the junior level.

While playing matches on the junior level, she delivered girls’ singles tournament victories at the Copa Gerdau in Brazil and the Canadian Open Junior Championship in Repentigny, Québec. During the  junior doubles, Bouchard won the Wimbledon title with American Grace Min, defeating Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands and Hao Chen Tang of China in the final. Interestingly, she went on to win junior doubles events in Australia with Puerto Rican player Monica Puig and in Brazil with Russian player Irina Khromacheva.

Moreover, she has another two victories on the ITF professional circuit in 2011. In February, she defeated Saisai Zheng of China 6–4, 6–3 in Burnie, Australia, and on 10 April, she defeated Jessica Ginier of France 6–2, 6–0 in Sibenik, Croatia.

She also won her first career match on the WTA Tour in 2011, defeating Alison Riske of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 6–3, 6–2 in the first round of the 2011 Citi Open in College Park, Maryland.

(2012) Bouchard Becomes Junior Wimbledon Singles’ Champion

Eugenie Bouchard won her first junior tournament victory of 2012 where she beat Carol Zhao of Richmond Hill, Ontario, for the singles girls’ title. This was at the AEGON Junior International in Roehampton, Great Britain. Bouchard won the junior doubles title, playing alongside Taylor Townsend from America. 

Eugenie Bouchard and Townsend also took the junior doubles title at Wimbledon 2012 — her second consecutive victory in the doubles championship at Wimbledon. More significantly, she won the Wimbledon singles girls’ tournament after beating Elina Svitolina 6–2, 6–2 in the final. With this victory final, Eugenie Bouchard made her the first Canadian to win a grand slam singles’ title at any level. 

Fellow Canadian male tennis player, Filip Peliwo, won the singles boys’ tournament at Wimbledon one day later. Later in the same year, Eugenie won four ITF events in 2012. Two were in Sweden and two in Canada (beating Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Québec, in July and Sharon Fichman of Toronto, Ontario, in November).

During the WTA Tour, Bouchard advanced to the quarterfinals of the Citi Open and recorded her first career win at the Rogers Cup, defeating Shahar Peer of Israel in the first round in Montréal. At the end of the season, she was named Tennis Québec’s top athlete. It would be the first of four consecutive years that Bouchard would win the award.

(2013) Bouchard Named WTA Newcomer of the Year 

Eugenie Bouchard participated in the WTA Tour full-time. In 2013, the highlight of her season came in October, when she advanced to the final of the Japan Open in Osaka (she lost to Samantha Stosur of Australia).

Following this Bouchard also advanced to the semi-finals of Strasbourg, France, and Québec City, and won three singles matches in the Grand Slam events. She defeated the former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic from Serbia in the second round of Wimbledon. She also won against  former Wimbledon semi-finalist Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria in the first round of the French Open.

At the end of the season, Eugenie was named the WTA Newcomer of the Year and received the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award, which is presented to Canada’s top female athlete of the year. 

Then she shifted from 144th to 32nd in the WTA world rankings.

(2014) Bouchard in Grand Slam Final 

At Wimbledon 2014, Eugenie became the first Canadian singles tennis player to reach the final of a senior grand slam event. (Another Canadian-born Mary Pierce reached the final of the French Open in 1994, she represented France her entire career; similarly, Canadian-born Greg Rusedski reached the final of the US Open in 1997, but represented Britain at the time). Although she sadly lost to Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-0 at Wimbledon 2014, in the process she made Canadian sports history!  The finals invited a huge television audience: more than 3.6 million viewers tuned in to watch at least part of the match on TSN or RDS, with a peak audience of 1.7 million in the final minutes.

Eugenie also made the semifinals of the Australian Open and the French Open in 2014. She became the only women’s singles tennis player in 2014 to advance to the semi-finals of three Grand Slam events.

On 24 May 2014, she beat Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6–2, 4–6, 6–3 in the final of Nuremberg, Germany, for her first Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) title. She was the first Canadian woman to win a WTA tournament since 2008, when Aleksandra Wozniakof Montréal won in Stanford, California! 

Once again in 2014, she received her second consecutive Bobbie Rosenfeld Award.  She became the first back-to-back winner of the award since speed skater Cindy Klassen won in 2005 and 2006. 2014 was another big year for her as she helped Canada reach the World Group stage of the Federation Cup for the first time, reaching a career high fifth in the WTA rankings, and was named the most improved player on the WTA Tour and qualifying for the WTA Tour Finals in Singapore.

(2015 and 2016) Career Challenges 

The highlight of 2015 season was during January, when Eugeine beat American superstar Serena Williams 6–2, 6–1 at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. In January, she also advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, where she lost to Maria Sharapova.

But after her impressive showing in January, she had difficulty recording victories. Between February to October 2015, she only won eight out of 26 matches. Sadly she also dropped to 49th in the WTA world rankings.

She has been featured on the cover of Flare Magazine (summer 2015) and Chic Magazine (spring 2014), and has appeared in Vogue, Fashion Magazine and Elle Canada. During December 2014, she signed a one-year contract with WME-IMG, a sports management firm and became a client of IMG Models. This got her  sponsorship agreements with Nike, Rolex watches, Beats headphones and Aviva Insurance. She also has marketing deals with Coca-Cola Canada, Babolat tennis racquets, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Rogers Communications and Usana Health Sciences.  

British magazine SportsPro named Bouchard the most marketable athlete in the world in 2015. Coming towards 2016, she began on a strong note, advancing to finals in Hobart, Australia, in January and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in March. In November 2016, Bouchard was ranked 46th in the world, a slight improvement from the previous year.

How old is Eugenie Bouchard?

She is 26 years old as she was born on 25 February 1994. 

Eugenie Bouchard height:

Her height is  5′ feet 10 inches.

Eugenie Bouchard net worth:

Eugenie Bouchard has a net worth of $6 million. The young athlete was the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam in singles with her 2012 Wimbledon girls’ title. In 2013, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year, and at the 2014 Australian Open she became the second Canadian to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam. 

The Canadian tennis player was born in Montreal on February 25, 1994 and has a fraternal twin sister named Beatrice who is six minutes older. She started playing tennis at the age of five, and is a member of Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre in Montreal. She is a proficient student in mathematics and science and once considered a career as a physician. 

Bouchard’s style is marked by the speed and tenacity with which she hits the ball. She is best known for hitting the ball extremely early, which imposes a severely high tempo on her opponents. She uses Babolat AeroProp Drive racquets and is sponsored by Nike.

Eugenie Bouchard sister and childhood: 

Eugenie Bouchard is one of four children. Bouchard has a twin sister Beatrice and two younger siblings, Charlotte Bouchard and William Bouchard. Do the names sound so familiar? Well, they are named after the British Royal family. 

The children grew up in the Westmount neighbourhood of Montréal, where they lived on the same street as former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

At age five, the twins started tennis lessons. While Beatrice quit, Eugenie loved it. Bouchard was so disciplined and committed to her sport and her studies that  her mother said: “Genie would come home from school and I’d still be closing the front door and she’d already be in her room doing her homework.”

By age 9, she competed at the Open Super 12 tennis tournament in France. She said, it “really opened my eyes about what I could do. It was the first time I had ever left North America and I was doing it to go play tennis because I earned my way there. In France, I realized I want to travel the world and play tennis as a career.”

At 11 years old, she met Sylvain Bruneau, then head coach of Tennis Canada’s national women’s team. “I was already impressed, especially by her maturity and work ethic,” Bruneau later told Montréal Ensanté Magazine in 2014.

Who is Bouchard’s coach?

Jorge Todero is Eugenie Bouchard’s coach. They were connected by Sylvain Bruneau, then head coach of Tennis Canada’s national women’s team. 

“It’s been a couple of weeks now and I really like (Todero),” said Bouchard. “It’s going well. We’re trying to change a couple of things, so it’s definitely going to be a process but I think it’s the right process.”

She welcomes Todero’s gruff “old school” approach as she tries to climb back up the WTA’s world rankings. 

“I don’t want to get into too many specifics (about training),” said Bouchard, who was given a wild card into the Rogers Cup. “Just a couple of technical things on my shots. Court positioning, really keeping in mind the essence of my game.” Bouchard then laughed and genuinely said: “Also just putting in a lot of hours.”

Cool facts about Eugenie Bouchard:

  • She gained WTA Newcomer of the Year for her unbelievable performances in the year 2013.
  • Her net worth is $6 million USD as of 2018 but her salary is not available yet.
  • Furthermore, the player’s height is around 5 Feet 10 Inches (170 centimeters).
  • Eugenie’s body weight is 58 Kilograms (128 Pounds).
  • Eugenie and her twin sister are named after The Queen of England’s granddaughters: Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice of York.
  • In fact, her sister Charlotte is named after Charlotte Casiraghi (the daughter of Monégasque Princess Caroline and her then-husband Stefano Casiraghi).
  • The 26-year-old player is also popular on Instagram, having 1.8+ million followers.
  • Eugenie received the WTA Most Improved Player award for the 2014 season.
  • Bouchard’s become the first Canadian female tennis player to be ranked in the top 5 in singles – a career high. 

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