WATCH: How a Wombat Once Scared Eugenie Bouchard at the Australian Open

Published 02/07/2021, 10:30 AM EST
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)


Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard is considered a great entity to the sport of tennis. She displays an aggressive style of play, utilizing her powerful groundstrokes from the baseline. In her early days, Bouchard had won the Wimbledon juniors title in 2012 and was named the WTA Newcomer of the Year at the end of the following season. 

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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)

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Eugenie Bouchard’s interaction with a wombat

Recently, a video of the Canadian surfaced in which she was seen playing with wombats in Australia. As the video progresses, the Canadian star gets scared while carrying the second wombat. The wombat, however, did not seem too bothered and made a quick exit from Eugenie’s arms. The Canadian was evidently startled by the wombat’s swift escape.

Coming back to her tennis, in 2014, Bouchard had the best season of her career. She reached the semi-final at the Australian Open and French Open. She also made it to the final of Wimbledon, before losing to Petra Kvitova. She beat great players like Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep on course to reach the final. Her wonderful season resulted in a career-high ranking as the world’s fifth-best player.

Eugenie has clearly been inconsistent with her performances on Tour. She has not gone past the fourth round of a Grand Slam since the US Open in 2015, which indicates she hasn’t performed to the best of her abilities at the Grand Slam events. However, there was a promising sign when she made it to the final of the Istanbul Open last year. 

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 08: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates her win against Caroline Garcia 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)

In the current season, Bouchard played the Australian Open qualifiers held in Dubai. She lost in her second-round qualifying match, as a result of which she will miss out on the first Major of the new season. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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