Eugenie Bouchard is vowing to take full advantage of a wildcard entry into the French Open, with the Canadian keen to continue a recent upward trend in form.

The 26-year-old who has never come close to duplicating her golden 2014 season – Melbourne and Paris semis and the Wimbledon final – was offered the chance to make her lone Grand Slam appearance of the virus-interrupted 2020 season.

Bouchard currently ranks 167th after making a run from a qualifying wild card all the way to the final last week in Istanbul.

The surprise Roland Garros invitation came after negotiations between the Canadian and French tennis federations, a common practice.

“At first, I honestly couldn’t believe it,” Bouchad told Canadian media. “We were asking for a wild card into the qualifying.”

The rescheduled Paris date from September 27 will be Bouchard’s first Grand Slam start since the US Open a year ago, where she exited in the first round.

Her record in Paris – besides her 2014 semi – is modest, with three second-round appearances.

“I was super surprised, super excited, I’m looking forward to it.”

Bouchard has been putting weeks of COVID-era training in Las Vegas with Gil Reyes, former fitness guru for Andre Agassi ,to best use.

“I felt like I had the time to get in some really good training. I hope that I can turn my trajectory upwards again.

”“It was tough mentally to push yourself day in and day out without any kind of schedule, but I really tried to treat it as bonus days that I got to spend in the gym. 

“Normally as a tennis player we never have that time. In a way it made me work even harder and appreciate what I do even more. 

“People say that you really don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone.”


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