It’s not a promising start for what was intended to be a long Asian swing for the embattled Genie Bouchard.
The 23-year-old Canadian has pulled out of next week’s WTA Tour event in Seoul, Korea.
And she may well abdicate the entire Asian tour, although there’s no confirmation as yet.
Bouchard also skipped Asia last year, coming back to fulfil obligations in Linz and Luxembourg to finish off her season and taking a long break.
After a tough first-round loss at the US Open against Russian Evgeniya Rodina, and a first-round loss in doubles with Jelena Ostapenko, Bouchard headed back to Montreal after a few more days in New York.
Whatever her plans were, there was no point in even trying to go back to her home in Miami, given Hurricane Irma’s wrath.
Ranking to drop again
She then withdrew from her home-province event, the Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec City. That tournament is taking place this week.
Bouchard won a round in Quebec City a year ago. As result of not defending those points, her WTA Tour ranking next Monday will take another tumble – down to No. 85, perhaps one or two more spots.
There seems to be a lot going on behind the scenes. Stayed tuned to this space.