Genie Bouchard’s immediate plans became more clear on Friday.
The 24-year-old was nominated as part of the four-woman Canadian Fed Cup squad that will face Ukraine April 21-22 in her hometown.
It will be the first Fed Cup tie she will take part in since Canada played Romania back in 2015.
That one was pretty infamous.
Joining Bouchard on the Fed Cup team will be Françoise Abanda (a fellow Montrealer), Bianca Andreescu (currently playing $25K events in Japan) and top-10 doubles player Gabriela Dabrowski.
And then, came word that Bouchard has withdrawn from next week’s WTA Tour event in Bogotá, Colombia.
The Fed Cup tie will be played indoors on a hard court.
Sticking to one surface
Bouchard currently is in Los Angeles consulting with renowned coach Robert Landsdorp, as exclusively reported on tennis.life Thursday. And they’re practicing on a hard court.
It made little sense to quickly turn around and make the long trip to South America, to change surfaces to red clay, and play at 8,600-feet altitude – only to turn around and make another long trip back to Montreal, to return indoors and play on a hard court again.
At the same time, though, this means another two weeks without an opportunity to earn any WTA Tour ranking points.
Bouchard won’t play next week. And the Fed Cup competition, while helping to seal Olympics eligibility, doesn’t offer any ranking points.
Still, seems a wise decision. Except … Bouchard has 21 points coming off next week, from her quarterfinal effort in the ITF tournament in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. she played a year ago.
The rankings deadline for the French Open will include that drop in points. And that means that Bouchard will be ranked around No. 116 or No. 117 in terms of entry for the French Open. That’s unlikely to get her into the main draw.
She could squeeze in; it’s too early to tell. But the odds are low. And she may find herself having to play the qualifying.
The Bogotá tournament had already tried to take advantage of Bouchard’s social-media popularity by focusing on her looks to sell a few tickets.
“Canadian Genie Bouchard, considered the sexiest tennis player in the world, will be in Colombia … Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet this beautiful woman ….”
It’s 2018, right? That tournament should get a red card for that approach.