WATCH: Eugenie Bouchard Takes Adventurous Detour After Failing to Qualify for Australian Open 2021

Published 01/15/2021, 12:00 AM EST
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in action against Iga Swiatek of Poland in the third round of the singles competition on Court Simonne Mathieu during the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on October 2nd 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


The Australian Open 2021 Qualifiers concluded successfully outside the country. As a result, 16 men and women are now traveling to Melbourne Park for the main event. Sadly, the Canadian talent Eugenie Bouchard failed to make it in the main draw for the second consecutive year.

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Long ago, the 26-year-old had one of the best games on the women’s tour. Despite having won only one career title, Bouchard went as high as World No. 5. But following that, she has had inconsistent appearances in the big tournaments.

In the second round of the women’s qualifiers, Chinese player Yue Yuan denied the Canadian in straight sets. Having found no rhythm throughout the match, Eugenie lost 6-2, 6-4.

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However, since she is not traveling to Australia, she is making the best of her time in Dubai. To give her company, the American Grace Min, who also lost in the second-round of AO Qualifiers, joined the detour.

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada looks on during her qualifying match against Xiaodi You of China during the 2020 Australian Open Qualifying at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Eugenie Bouchard and Grace Min riding sand buggies in Dubai

At first, the 2012 Wimbledon junior winner posted a video of her riding a sand buggy in Dubai. In the video, she is following another buggy that is riding ahead of her.

Moreover, Eugenie seemed to be enjoying her time in the desert. Her smile could be spotted even with the big helmet covering her face.

Grace Min was riding the buggy ahead of her. The duo goes 10 years back, as the 2011 Wimbledon junior doubles’ winning team.

Together, they even posed for a high-in-the-air picture in the desert and nailed that moment.

Moving forward, the Canadian talent will want to put up a fight in the next tournament. She, along with the rest of the world, will now watch the Australian Open from outside the court.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after winning a point during her Women’s Singles second-round match against Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia on day three of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

At the first Slam of the year, the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will be eyeing the title. She has been on a quest for her #24 Slam since her triumph at the Australian Open 2017.

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Considering that she is 39, this year might be her biggest chance to take a swipe at the major tournaments. However, Serena’s passion for the game appears to be increasing every coming year. Let’s see who wins the Happy Slam 2021.

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