Eugenie Bouchard Reveals the Impact of Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf on Her Game

Published 08/17/2020, 3:58 PM EDT


Former World No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard has seen many ups and downs throughout her career, including a 13-match losing streak in 2019. However, her love for the game has never diminished. In a recent podcast with Tennis.com, Bouchard talked about her career and how she trained with tennis legends Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.

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The Canadian player had previously trained with Rennae Stubbs, a former World No. 1 in doubles, in Prague. However, during the lockdown, Bouchard trained with esteemed fitness coach Gill Reyes as well as Andre Agassi and Steffi Graff.

She expressed her gratitude for Agassi and Graf in a podcast recently.

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“I felt like the physical part of my game had to get better, so I moved to Las Vegas and didn’t look back. I’m more than grateful and happy that Andre and Steffi can also help me with tennis, so I have a really cool team there.”

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graff

Currently ranked 330 in the world, Bouchard is determined to keep improving.

“You don’t wake up loving it every single day and like, oh my God, I’m so excited to do side-to-side drills today, I love it. But as I’ve gotten older it sounds corny but I just appreciate it so much more. It’s such a cool job. It’s so unique.”

Bouchard also admitted that having a female coach has helped her a lot.

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“They understand the emotional side better. A male coach has a harder time with that to understand small nuances in women in competition.”

Reyes impressed with Eugenie Bouchard

Reyes worked quite closely with Agassi during his career. In fact, the legend attributes most of his success to the coach. And now, having worked with her since October, Reyes has been left impressed with Bouchard’s dedication to the craft.

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“She comes here ready for anything. And I can’t say that about everyone – because my standard level is pretty high. Andre set that level so high.”

Bouchard had a career-high ranking of No. 5 and became the first Canadian female tennis player to be ranked in the top 5 in singles. Things are looking up for her with her win over world No. 40 Veronika Kudermetova in Prague. It was her first WTA victory since January.

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