Tennis fans probably know the name Eugenie Bouchard very well, even occasional watchers may know her, she was one of the most promising stars on the women’s tour until a freak accident.
She may now become even more famous for reasons other than her game.
Bouchard’s peak success was in 2014 – she claimed her first WTA tour title, reached the Wimbledon finals (becoming the first ever Canadian born player to do so) and made the world top 5 before the year was out.
But then 2015 started and Bouchard faltered, losing multiple matches to low ranked opponents, suffering minor injuries and falling in ranking.
But then came the 2015 U.S open, and Bouchard seemed to regain the form she’d lost early in the year – she cruised past her first two opponents in straight sets, defeated a tough rival in Dominika Cibulkova in 3 sets and was also making progress in the doubles and mixed doubles parts of the draw.
Bouchard was slated to take on eventual winner Roberta Vinci in the fourth round of the tournament but was a no show, and retired from the tournament altogether.
Here’s where things get interesting: The reason Bouchard missed her match and had to withdraw was that after her 3rd round match, she was in her dressing room, taking a shower, but when exiting the shower, she was unable to see in the dark room and slipped, falling on her head and sustained a concussion.
Since that day, Bouchard has been unable to return to form, she continues to suffer from dizzy spells and other concussion side effects, and he showing at the U.S open, which vaulted her into the top 30, has all but fizzled out, and she’s fallen to sub 50 rankings yet again.
Bouchard is now in the process of suing the organizers of the U.S open for loss of income and punitive damages.
If she wins her suit, she could end up changing the way competition organizers in any sport view the athletes they invite to compete and the facilities they are provided.
But we’re pretty sure she just wants to play her good tennis again.