“It’s a Grind”: Eugenie Bouchard Gives Vital Advice to Professional Tennis Aspirants

Published 12/21/2020, 7:22 AM EST
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates a point win against Alize Cornet of France during day three of the 2020 Women’s ASB Classic at ASB Tennis Centre on January 08, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Greg Bowker/Getty Images)


Out of 7 billion people, only a few thousand become professional tennis players. It is a culmination of sacrifice and hard work, and thus a very few achieve it. Eugenie Bouchard, a Grand Slam finalist, gave pro tips to aspiring players so they can apply them and hopefully lead tennis in the coming years.

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In an interview during the WTA Prague Open, Bouchard gave a simple tip to youngsters.  According to the Canadian, hard work is key and there is no shortcut to success.

“My most important like tip would be that there is like no way around the hard work. You have to work hard to get to achieve something special you know. Because if it was easy, everyone would do it. So there’s no like magic pill, there’s no like secret formula.”

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Having the right training is also important according to Eugenie Bouchard

Bouchard further suggested that aspirants must do the right things and train well. They will have to grind through the phase if they want to become professional tennis players.

“You have to do the right things, the right training obviously, but you really just have to put in the hours of practice, work hard. It can be repetitive sometimes it can be boring but it’s uh it’s a grind you know, and that’s what it takes to try achieve what so few people on this planet can achieve.”

At the age of 20, Bouchard had made it through to the Wimbledon finals. From then on, she has had setbacks but is now trying to bring herself up again.

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Bouchard, on her path to reach the top again, played the Prague Open in August of this year. She was ranked in the low 300s and made it on to the quarterfinals, where she lost to the eventual runner-up Elise Mertens. She currently ranks at 141 and is looking to get inside the top 100 in the WTA rankings in 2021.

Eugenie Bouchard competes at the Prague Open. (Photo by Martin Sidorjak/Getty Images)

The former World No.5 was recently seen practicing for the upcoming season in the freezing temperatures of Canada. But it looks unlikely she will make it to the Australian Open 2021 because of her rankings.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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