Eugenie Bouchard Calls Steffi Graf Her Favorite Tennis Player Ahead of Childhood Idol Maria Sharapova

Published 08/28/2021, 8:25 AM EDT
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada reacts during the ladies singles first round match against Risa Ozaki of Japan day three of the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Recently, Canadian tennis star, Eugenie Bouchard, did a Q&A session on Instagram and answered a plethora of questions posed by her fans. Among a host of interesting questions, a fan asked Bouchard to name her favorite tennis player of all time.

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In her reply, Bouchard posted a picture of the 22-time Grand Slam champion, Steffi Graf, and hailed the German icon as her favorite player.

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Eugenie Bouchard names her favorite tennis player

Calling Graf a ‘legend’ of the sport, Bouchard expressed admiration at another feature of her favorite tennis star. She marveled at the eye-catching spectacle of Graf playing with her hair falling on her face and wondered how Steffi competed with her hair down.

“Legend. Also a legend for playing with her hair down. I mean how???,” wrote Bouchard.

Over her illustrious career, Graf was ranked World No.1 for a record 377 weeks, a feat that remains unbeaten to date. In 1998, she became the only player in history to achieve a Calendar Golden Slam, winning all four Grand Slam titles along with an Olympic singles gold medal in the same year.

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However, in the past, Bouchard referred to Maria Sharapova, five-time Grand Slam champion, as her childhood idol.

Bouchard, the 2014 Wimbledon finalist, has been out of action since she underwent shoulder surgery a couple of months ago and is currently rehabilitating. She tore the subscapularis in her right shoulder during a match in Guadalajara in March.

During the Q&A session, Bouchard revealed she hopes to make a comeback on the tour at the start of the 2022 season. She last played at the 2021 Monterrey Open, where she lost in her opening round match.

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To make most of her time during rehabilitation, Bouchard recently joined the TennisChannel as a commentator. In just a few days, she became an instant hit with the audience and has offered commentary on the Citi Open and the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, until now.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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