“You Either Win or You Learn”: Eugenie Bouchard Gives Wise Advice to Young Tennis Players

Published 02/05/2021, 11:00 AM 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)


Tennis is one of the major competitive individual sports in the world. It is also the toughest one when it comes to finding success. So to help young girls on the course of a tennis career, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard has given some advice.

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The former World No. 5 has been an influential player on women’s tour since she turned professional. She is also the first Canadian tennis player to break into the Top 5 rankings.

On National Girls & Women in Sport Day, Bouchard collaborated with her sponsor BioSteel to encourage girls and women in the athletics field. In particular, the 26-year-old had a few tips for girls playing tennis right now.

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In tennis, an athlete is required to follow a stringent schedule throughout the year. Since players start from scratch every single day, it becomes a handy task to see the big picture.

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)

To break free from the pressure of winning tournaments and to find success in tennis, the 2014 Wimbledon finalist shares her mantra.

“Play and practice for the future,” Bouchard said. “Not worry too much about tournaments right now, even though they may seem big and important. In the long run, what’s most important is improving your skill as a tennis player.”

However, the most common and difficult part for an athlete of any sport is losing, but it is also one of the biggest teachers in their career, and Eugenie Bouchard’s next piece of advice was about failures.

“Make sure you learn from your failures. It’s not a failure if you learn from it. So you either win or you learn,” she added. “And I’ve often found that I have learned the most in some of my toughest or worst matches.”

Considering her policy, the promising Canadian will aim to come back stronger after failing to qualify for the Australian Open 2021.

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Bouchard continues to train and will return after the Australian Open

It will be disappointing for Genie to not be able to compete for the first Grand Slam of the season. But instead of sitting down, Bouchard has already picked up the racket and started training in full-fledge.

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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)

With her potential, she can dominate the women’s tour, but for that she needs is a strong momentum. Hopefully, Bouchard will find her rhythm this year and repeat her magical 2014 year.

Can Genie make it to the Top 5 again in her career?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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