Born in Montreal in 1994, Eugenie Bouchard started playing tennis at the age of 5. By 11, she participated at the Open Super 12 tournament in Auray, France.
— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) March 8, 2013
Genie has three siblings, including a twin sister named Beatrice. All four children were named after members of the Royal Family.
Genie was a star student in mathematics and science, and at one point considered a career as a physician.
With a win at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, Eugenie became the first Canadian ever to win a Grand Slam in singles – junior or pro.
While some would argue 2013 to be Genie’s breakout year, winning WTA Newcomer of the Year, in 2014 she was named WTA’s Most Improved player. You can argue either way because in both years she won Tennis Canada female player of the year and the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award.
Well known for her playful selfies, Genie once even got a picture of herself with the pope!
Genie is as comfortable on the court as in front of the camera, appearing on CTV’s The Social and has even tried her hand at weather forecasting.
And speaking of TV…
The Big Bang’s very own Sheldon – the actor Jim Parsons – is a huge fan of Eugenie Buchard and the two have become good friends. She even got to sit in Sheldon’s famous spot.
Someone stole someone’s spot… It was “Bring Your Favorite Tennis Player To Work Day” today, so I brought @geniebouchard , naturally. A photo posted by Jim Parsons (@therealjimparsons) on
Fans of Eugenie Bouchard are pretty hardcore, calling themselves the “Genie Army”. #GenieArmy has become the go-to hashtag on social media when speaking about Genie.
— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 23, 2015