2014 French Open semi-finalist Eugenie Bouchard may have to scratch around for further playing opportunities this COVID-affected season, with few WTA events remaining on a decimated calendar.
The Canadian lost 6-4, 6-3 on Friday to Poland’s Iga Swiatek before rain set in over Roland Garros.
As for now, her immediate future movements remain unclear.
“Honestly, I really don’t know what the plan is right now. I do know I’m going to take a little bit of time off, a couple days off. So that’s all that I have on the horizon for now,” Bouchard said.
“As they say: It is what it is. I can’t control the opportunities or the tournaments or COVID. So I’m just ready for whatever opportunity is presented to me.
“I’ve done well since coming back from the (five-month) break to try to give myself my best chance for those opportunities.
“And we’ll see what comes going forward, I’ll just be ready and we’ll see what happens.”
Due to the virus pandemic and cancellation of the year-end finals in China and at least 15 other tournaments, the WTA calendar may well have only one more playing opportunity after Paris concludes next weekend.
That would be in Ostrava, Czech Republic, starting October 19.
At least 16 events in Europe and Asia have been wiped out by the virus, including the year-end finals in Shenzhen, China..
Seven more Chinese events are also gone along with tournaments in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Linz and Luxembourg among others..
The loss of the lucrative autumn Asian swing is expected to inflict great damage on the WTA corporate sheet.