“Don’t Be a Bad Influence”: Eugenie Bouchard Warns Nick Kyrgios Ahead of Potential Pairing With Coco Gauff

Published 08/10/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 24: Nick Kyrgios and Eugenie Bouchard attend 2017 Lotte New York Palace Invitational at Lotte New York Palace on August 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)


The tennis world is in dire need of a new doubles partnership to blaze through tournaments, and Nick Kyrgios, with Coco Gauff alongside him, is ready to provide that. In a recent tweet, Kyrgios and Gauff planned on playing mixed doubles together at the Australian Open. However, Eugenie Bouchard has warned Gauff of the kind of partner Kyrgios is.

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Having partnered with the Aussie at the US Open in 2015, Bouchard knows what a flamboyant and energetic player he is.

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Don’t be a bad influence: Eugenie Bouchard warns Nick Kyrgios ahead of teaming up with Coco Gauff

Coco Gauff is ready for the challenge at the US Open mixed doubles, and Eugenie Bouchard has her tips ready. And the latter’s words on the Tennis Channel Live show tell the American teenage sensation exactly what to expect from her partner.

Look I need to warn Coco that not one word about tennis will be spoken on the court during this mixed doubles. Nick likes to joke around, he likes to trash talk. And it was so fun to play together, so I think it will be entertaining to watch these two,” said Bouchard on the Tennis Channel Live show.

Don’t be a bad influence,” said Bouchard as her final words on their pairing. Hopefully, the two players will be able to give the crowd what they want; a team-up between tennis’ youngest and tennis’ bad boy will be worth every penny.

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Aug 9, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Nick Kyrgios of Australia goes to return a ball to Reilly Opelka of the United States (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Gauff and Kyrgios’ National Bank Open campaign

Nick Kyrgios drew curtains on his Canadian Open campaign after losing against Reilly Opelka. The Aussie lost 6-4, 6-7, 4-6 in the opening round of the National Bank Open. His potential third-round match against Rafael Nadal remains a dream for many, as he will be preparing for the US Open now.

On the other hand, Coco Gauff’s opening game will take place today in Montreal. The American teenager will be playing against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in her opening round.

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Along with the singles category, Gauff has also partnered with Jessica Pegula in the double’s category. Their doubles campaign ended in the first round itself with a loss against Elena Rybakina and Veronika Kudermetova, 2-6, 4-6.

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It is only about time now we see all three – Kyrgios, Gauff, and Bouchard – at the US Open later this month. Who will surprise the most in New York?

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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