WATCH: Eugenie Bouchard Starts Training After Recovering From Career-Threatening Injury

Published 07/23/2021, 12:23 AM EDT
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates a point in her first round match against Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium during day one of the 2020 ASB Classic at ASB Tennis Centre on January 06, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)


Former World No.5 Eugenie Bouchard is currently recovering from surgery to repair a torn subscapularis in her right shoulder. Accordingly, she has not touched a tennis racquet since Monterrey Open in March 2021.

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Moreover, while experts believed that such an injury could end careers before their time, Bouchard had other plans. Determined to return to the court soon, the 27-year-old Canadian underwent rigorous rehabbing, and as a result, she is now back on the treadmill, all ready to train.

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Eugenie Bouchard updates on her recovery process

While most tennis players will soon contest at Tokyo Olympics, Bouchard will have to work on her recovery. Earlier, she even felt heartbroken, missing the Wimbledon Championships tournament due to her injury.

However, the Canadian star stated that she is putting both hours and effort into getting well. Bouchard also added that she has never missed a day of the recovery routine.

Furthermore, the 2014 Wimbledon finalist has already confirmed her return date to tennis. Signing the contract with Orange County Breakers, Bouchard will play at the World TeamTennis event in late November this year.

Given she is back on the treadmill, the recovery will only move upwards from here on. But even so, the real challenge would be how her body adapts to the competitive match physicality. Because it is one thing to train, and the other is the nerves and pressure of a live match.

Additionally, Bouchard is presently ranked outside the Top 100 and hasn’t been in her best days in half a decade. But considering her potential, she would not need much time to find herself in the high rankings again.

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)

Bouchard’s 2021 season so far

At the Australian Open 2021, the Canadian failed to qualify for the main event for the second consecutive year. Next, she went to Lyon and lost in the first round, but Bouchard reached the finals there in doubles with Olga Danilovic.

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

Remarkably, Bouchard reached her first singles final of the 2021 season at Abierto de Guadalajara, Mexico. However, she dropped her level extensively, losing the title to Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-2, 7-5.

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Immediately afterwards, she succumbed in the first round at Monterry, marking her last match until now. Hopefully, she will recover quickly, and fans will see her competing on the court soon.

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Purav Joshi

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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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