Eugenie Bouchard is a Canadian professional tennis player who is currently ranked no. 59 in the world.
Let’s see some interesting facts about her!
1. Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard was born February 25, 1994.
2. Her parents are Michel Bouchard, an investment banker, and Julie Leclair in Montreal.
3. She has a fraternal twin sister, Beatrice, who is six minutes older.
4. She also has two younger siblings, sister Charlotte (born 1995) and brother William (born 1999).
5. She and her twin sister are named after Prince Andrew’s daughters, Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York.
6. Her sister Charlotte is named after Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Monagesque Royal Caroline, Princess of Hanover and Italian businessman Stefano Casiraghi and William is named after Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
7. She is fluent in both French and English.
8. Bouchard started playing tennis at the age of five and she is a member of Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre in Montreal.
9. She attended The Study school in Westmount. At age 12, she moved to Florida with her mother to be coached by Nick Saviano, where she met one of her best childhood friends, tennis player Laura Robson.
10. From that time on, she was nicknamed “the chosen one” by her siblings.
11. Her father established a limited partnership called “Tennis Mania” to support Eugenie’s career.
12. 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.
13. 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.
15. A proficient student in mathematics and science, she once considered a career as a physician.
16. 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.
17. For the 2013 WTA Tour, Bouchard enlisted Nathalie Tauziat to coach and travel with her part-time.
18. Under Tauziat, Bouchard transformed her defensive, retrieving tactics from junior level into a game of aggression. Tauziat was let go after the season and Saviano committed to a more present role alongside Bouchard, for the 2014 WTA Tour. During the 2013 off-season she appeared on CTV Montreal as a guest weather anchor.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. Later that year, she won her first professional main draw match at Caserta, Italy, defeating no. 798 Frederica Grazioso. Also in 2009, she won the Pan American Closed ITF Championships.
22. At the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, Bouchard became the first Canadian-born player representing Canada to reach the finals of a Grand Slam in singles, finishing runner-up to Petra Kvitová.
23. She also reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open and 2014 French Open, and won the 2012 Wimbledon girls’ title.
24. Following the end of the 2013 WTA Tour, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year.
25. The next year, Bouchard received the WTA Most Improved Player award for the 2014 season.