“Really Excited”: Eugenie Bouchard Announces Good News for Fans

Published 02/24/2021, 12:46 PM EST
Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard in action during a pratice session prior to the Fed Cup match between Switzerland and Canada on in Biel,Switzerland. (Photo by Tennis Canada/MB Media/Getty Images)


The 2014 Wimbledon finalist, Eugenie Bouchard, will kick off her 2021 season at the Lyon Open. Bouchard had failed to qualify for the 2021 Australian Open, it was the second straight year she didn’t get entry into the main draw at Melbourne Park.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard in action during her third round match against Poland’s Iga Swiatek REUTERS/Charles Platiau

As the tournament organizers unveiled the names of the three wildcard entries on Wednesday, Bouchard received one of them. Subsequently, the Canadian uploaded a short video of her Twitter account to announce her participation at the Lyon Open.

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Eugenie Bouchard to begin her 2021 season

In the video, Bouchard expressed her gratitude towards the tournament for giving her a wildcard and mentioned she loves playing in France.

“Hello everyone, I am coming to Lyon. I thank the tournament for the wildcard. I am really exited to play in France and I love playing there. And see you soon,” said Bouchard in French.

Last year, the inaugural edition of the Lyon Open took place and the 2020 Australian Open champion, Sofia Kenin, won the tournament. The week-long WTA 250 event will begin from 1st March this year.

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Some of the top players, including Cori Gauff, Kristina Mladenovic, Marta Kostyuk, and Camila Giorgi will headline the second edition of the tournament. For Bouchard, she will compete for the first time in almost five months, with her last tournament being the 2020 French Open.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates winning her fourth round singles match against Casey Dellacqua of Australia during day seven of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

During last season, Bouchard’s best performance came at the Istanbul Open, where she ended as the runner-up. Despite showing promising results at the start of her career, the former World No.5 has won no title since winning her maiden WTA trophy at the 2014 Nuremberg Cup.

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Recently, Bouchard officially confirmed her relationship with National Football League (NFL) player Mason Rudolph. The 26-year-old celebrated Valentine’s Day with the NFL star and posted an adorable couple picture on her Instagram profile.

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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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