Well, that was the idea, anyway.
It turned into the Genie Show – through no fault of the player herself, who merely answered the questions put to her.
It was the first time most of the Canadian media had a chance to ask Genie Bouchard about “The Question” – the fan question on-court interviewer Sam Smith was forced to ask, live, about Bouchard’s dream date.
Bouchard still has no problem with the question.
Her specific taste in dream dates was not debated.
Some video of Genie Bouchard and Sharon Fichman practicing after their press conference in Montreal Wednesday.
The vantage point from behind the court gives you a bit of perspective on just how heavy, how deep and how much clearance over the net their ball has.
After the Wednesday press conference, Canadian Fed Cup team members Genie Bouchard and Sharon Fichman took to the court at Centre Claude-Robillard for a hit.
It was the Genie Bouchard show at Centre Claude-Robillard Wednesday.
But more on that later.
It went unnoticed at the press conference because, beyond Ana Ivanovic and perhaps Jelena Jankovic, local media isn’t going to be too familiar with female Serbian tennis players.
But notable as a no-show for the visiting team at this week’s Fed Cup tie is the one top-50 – actually the one top-100 – player they did have, Bojana Jovanovski.
Above is the view from the last row of the temporary stands inside Centre Claude-Robillard, the way it’s set up for this weekend’s Fed Cup World Group II tie between Canada and Serbia.
And the way it looks, it’ll be filled.
Tennis Canada communications man Louis-Philippe Dorais said they’d released some extra seats for the matches, which begin Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. There are also a “very few” box seats remaining.
Madagascar was playing without Zarah Razafimahatratra today. But they did have Nantenaina Ramalalaharivololona.
The Americas Zone (many of those countries, and the concept, will be familiar to many Canadian women’s tennis fans) got under way Wednesday.
Not playing for China (which lost to Uzbekhistan) is … everyone you’ve ever heard of, except for Shuai Zhang.
… naturellement, Genie Bouchard.
This is a new PR award, in companionship with a “Player of the Month” award, which was (another no-brainer) given to Australian Open champ Li Na.
Some of the big names in action this week make their first appearances, including Gaël Monfils and Tommy Robredo.
But the best name? Few will have heard of it, but it’s a beauty: wild card Gonzalo Lama of Chile. Just rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?
Canadian content: Adil Shamasdin in doubles in Montpellier (in a losing effort).
Despite having gone to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to seek some relief for his left wrist (we all remember that he had surgery on his right wrist after winning the U.S. Open a few years ago), Juan Martin del Potro reportedly will still play the ATP event next week in Rotterdam. Continue reading
Here is Russia’s Fed Cup team, in Hobart, Tasmania to take on the Aussies this weekend.
They are, respectively, Nos. 12, 21, 23 and No. 55 – in RUSSIA.