November 23, 2023

Open Court


With many players banned, Genie Bouchard is straight into Wimbledon

UPDATE: With the early withdrawal of Mayar Sherif, Bouchard is indeed into the main draw. Let’s see if she actually plays, because she has planned and entered some tournaments previously over the last couple of months.

ROLAND GARROS – The entry lists for this year’s Wimbledon were delayed this year, because of the need to remove all of Russian and Belarussians from participating in the tournament.

It seems, with the official release of the entry lists, that there is no going back now.

As a result, the cutoffs are a lot lower than normal. And because of that, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is the next one into the tournament’s main draw if someone withdraws.

Bouchard has a protected injury ranking of No. 118.

It seems fairly likely that will be the case, as some players might still opt out because – as of this moment – there will be no ranking points distributed.

Bouchard hasn’t played since March, 2021, and had shoulder surgery almost exactly a year ago.

She was announced as returning at an ITF in Florida in April, but that didn’t happen. Bouchard also was entered in the Roland Garros qualifying. But she did not return here, either.

Comeback delayed several times

It’s unclear whether she will play any official matches before Wimbledon, although there was word she might play a WTA 125 on grass in Gaiba, Italy that begins in 10 days.

She is not entered in any of the lead-up tournaments on the grass – Nottingham, Birmingham, Berlin, s’-Hertogenbosch – or the 125 in Gaiba.

And – assuming she will move into Wimbledon’s main draw and doesn’t have to play the qualifying – she is not entered in either Eastbourne or Bad Homburg the week of June 19.

There is always, of course, the possibility of a wild card.

It’s all speculative at this point; to return after 16 months on grass with no warmup, after not having played on grass since 2019, is a risky proposition.

But she did post on Instagram with some sweet-looking grass last week.

Wimbledon a struggle since 2014

Still prominent on Bouchard’s bio is the fact that she was a finalist at Wimbledon in 2014, where she was beaten by Petra Kvitova.

Since then, it’s been a struggle at the Canadian’s favorite tournament.

In 2015, she lost to Duan YingYing of China in the first round.

In 2016, she made the third round, beating Magdalena Rybarikova in a crazy match that began on Court 12, and ended up under the roof at Centre Court. There had been a ton of rain, and there was a need to have her match finished, because the winner was scheduled to play Brit Johanna Konta in the second round.

Bouchard at Roehampton in qualifying in 2018. She made it through and beat a British wild card in the first round of the main draw before losing to Ashleigh Barty.

Bouchard beat Konta, and then lose to Dominika Cibulkova in the third round.

In 2017, she lost to Carla Suárez Navarro in the first round.

In 2018, she had to get through qualifying (defeating, notably, then-ranked No. 223 Karolina Muchova in the second round at Roehampton). Then she beat the wild-card Price before falling to Barty, then the No. 17 seed.

In 2019, she lost a heartbreaker to Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia, 8-6 in the third set.

In 2020, Wimbledon was cancelled because of the pandemic.

And in 2021, she was fresh from having the shoulder surgery and obviously could not play.

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