Has Eugenie Bouchard’s Networking Sharpened her Motivation for Tennis?

There seem to be many naysayers about the emphasis of Eugenie Bouchard’s interest on her social life outside of tennis. But it appears that this is turning out to be a good thing…and here’s why!

It was right before the Hawaii Open this month that Eugenie Bouchard was one of the tennis players invited to Richard Branson’s secluded location in the British Islands. It was the 2018 Necker Cup, a Pro-Am Tennis event taking place on Necker Island featuring Grigor Dimitrov, Nicole Gibbs, Roberto Bautista Agut, Jamie Foxx, Murphy Jensen, and many others. Bouchard and Maria Sharapova were just guests of the event where they watched the tennis competition, sun bathed, and enjoyed delicious foods and celebrity/pro people. But this must have lightened the stress level and heightened her tennis strategies, as Bouchard did well at the Hawaii Open. She won two out of three rounds and made it to the hard fought final. She gained a lot of tennis community folks’ approval on her level of play and a “thumbs up” from her newest coach Michael Joyce, who looked on at his promising player.

In February of 2018, Bouchard appeared in the racy Sports Illustrated and WTA photo shoots. Many complained that again Bouchard should pay attention more to her tennis despite the face of her superior photo shoot bodily displays. Well, it was during the time of the photo shoots that she made the Brisbane International semifinals, defeated Maria Sharapova at the second round and at Luxembourg, and partnered with Kirsten Flipkens in doubles to go deep into the finals. She dealt with her relaxation time and court time in her way and succeeded.

Eugenie Bouchard’s popularity on the social medias sparked in 2017 when she connected with a Twitter fan over the results of a football game. She promised John Goehrke, a student from the University of Missouri, that she’d go on a date if the New England Patriots won the 2017 Super Bowl. They did and she went out on two dates. Bouchard also did well in reaching the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Open in doubles with Shelby Rogers around that time.

But the saga of Eugenie Bouchard’s sociability away from the court is continuous on her down time as she recently served as a guest fashion judge at the Ellerslie Boxing Day Races before her tennis kicks off at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. She has 1.8 million Instagram followers and can’t wait to get her new year tour started saying, “I’m thrilled to be kicking off my 2019 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland. I’ve heard that it’s an exciting and beautiful city — I look forward to exploring”. Bouchard is in her element of relaxing while getting the job done whether on or off the court. Who knows? When the first tournament starts at Auckland from January 1-7, it may again be luck for her to go deep in the event or even take home a trophy, her first in over four years. Whatever the result, it will be an experience that Eugenie Bouchard will never forget and keep in her book of things she did and loved to to do her way.