Tuesday’s announcement that Eugenie Bouchard will play the National Bank Cup in Quebec City this September means that Canada’s tennis darling will play twice in her home province in the space of three months, a prospect that makes a lot of people happy, but mostly Bouchard herself.
“I am very excited to come back to Quebec. It’s really great that I will have two chances to play in front of my home crowd this year,” Bouchard said via conference call from Paris.
The 22-year-old Montreal native will also play in her home city from July 22-31 at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank which will welcome the best WTA players in the world, including Serena Williams, to Uniprix Stadium at Jarry Park.
Bouchard reached the semifinals the last time she played the National Bank Cup in 2013 before falling to eventual champion Lucie Safarova. Her matches that week set attendance records for the tournament and Genie made it clear that she wants to break her own records in 2016.
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“I remember that I broke a record for the number of people that came to watch me and everyone was very happy and I’m letting everyone know now that we have to break that record this year, that’s the goal,” Bouchard said.
Of course, Genie has a bigger goal in mind for her return to Quebec from September 10-18, she wants to become the first Canadian to win the tournament since its inauguration in 1993.
“There have been some great champions who have won this tournament in the past. It’s very impressive. I will do everything I can to accomplish this feat in front of my Quebec and Canadian fans.”