October 27, 2020

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Genie Bouchard, 10-year WTA vet

A fortuitous technicality allowed Canadian Genie Bouchard to get a wild card into the China Open this week.

Generally, players are only allowed to accept three wild cards per year. Otherwise, they forfeit the ranking points.

But one exception is for “players who have competed in WTA tournaments for 10 years or more.”

At 23, you wouldn’t think Bouchard would qualify.

But … from 2008-10, aged 14-16, she received a wild card into the Rogers Cup qualifying each year. And lost her first-round matches.

But those three matches were enough to count as three years’ service.