When you think of Genie Bouchard, what comes to mind? Her incredible run to the Wimbledon final in 2014? Her becoming the highest ranked Canadian female tennis player ever? Her stellar social media game? All are valid picks.
So, to mark her 25th birthday, we decided to list 25 reasons to celebrate Genie…
1. Greatness has never been far away.
Born on February 25, 1994, Genie grew up in Montreal, the home of Tennis Canada’s National Tennis Centre, where she spent time training as a junior player.
2. She’s a twin.
That’s right – there isn’t just one Bouchard turning 25 today. Genie’s twin sister Beatrice is also celebrating her birthday.
3. She’s in Royal company.
Genie and her three siblings are all named after members of the Royal Family. She and her twin sister are named after Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice of York. Her other sister is named after Charlotte Casiraghi and her brother after Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. We wonder if they also have a couple of corgis?
4. She’s always shown maturity beyond her years.
Despite being just 15-years-old, in 2009 Genie won the Canadian Under-18 Indoor Championship in Toronto, at times coming up against players three years her senior.
5. Her potential has never been in doubt.
In 2012, an 18-year-old Genie became the first Canadian ever, junior or professional, to win a Grand Slam singles event after claiming the junior Wimbledon title with victory over Elina Svitolina.
6. She gives back. In 2012, the Eugenie Bouchard Challenge raised $14,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. What a great effort!
7. Her career is full of impressive milestones.
A thrilling run to the 2014 Australian Open semi-finals saw her guarantee a spot in the world’s top 20 for the very first time. It would turn out to be one of many successes that year
8. She’s a trailblazer.
After winning the 2012 Wimbledon girls’ title, Genie was named the WTA Newcomer of the Year at the end of the 2013 WTA Tour and followed that by receiving the WTA Most Improved Player award for the 2014 season.
9. She’s a winner.
At the 2014 Nürnberger Versicherungscup, a warm-up tournament for the French Open, Genie won the first singles title of her career. Her victory over Karolína Plíšková in the final ensured she became just the sixth Canadian to win a WTA singles title and the first since Aleksandra Wozniak at the Bank of the West Classic in 2008.
10. She can do it on all surfaces.
Genie became the first WTA player to reach the semi-finals of the first three Grand Slams of the season since Dinara Safina in 2009 when she eliminated Kerber in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2014. That meant she had reached semi-finals on hard court, clay and grass. By doing so, she also guaranteed her first top 10 ranking following the tournament.
11. She’s a history-maker.
By beating World No. 3 Simona Halep in the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2014, Genie became the first Canadian-born player to represent Canada in a Grand Slam singles final. A loss to Petra Kvitová did little to stop her winning the hearts of Canadians everywhere.
12. She’s an award-winner.
Genie has won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award twice, once in 2013 and a second time in 2014. The award is given to Canada’s female athlete of the year, as voted for by sports writers of the Canadian Press.
13. She’s is a multi-sport athlete – kind of…
At the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend Game, held in Toronto, she got to strut her stuff for Team Canada on the court alongside fellow tennis star Milos Raonic. Naturally, the Canadians, coached by world-famous rapper and Toronto native Drake, beat Team USA 74-64.
14. She’s exciting to watch.
Due to her aggressive style, Genie has always been an entertaining player to watch. She’s usually taking the game to her opponent and dictating the pace on-court.
15. She’s true to her word.
During Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, a fan bet Genie that the Patriots would make a record-breaking comeback, despite them trailing 28-3 in the third quarter. He proposed that if his prediction was correct, Genie would have to go on a date with him. She agreed, the Patriots came back to win the game, the pair went to watch a basketball game together and were invited to attend the Super Bowl together the following year. Remember, people – never bet against Tom Brady!
16. She always has time for her fans. You’ll quite often see Genie interacting with her fans, whether that be online or in person. Usually these interactions are posted on social media, which brings us onto our next point…
His name is Jeffrey and he’s my new boyfriend…….. pic.twitter.com/kexP0c7Pqt
— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) January 4, 2019
17. Her social media game is on point.
A recent study showed that Genie is one of the most popular players among Canadians – but her reach stretches far beyond our borders. Her social media profile is huge, with a staggering 1.9 million followers on Instagram and 1.7 million on Twitter! Just 1,699,678 to go before I do too…
18. She’s an Olympian.
In 2016, Genie represented Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There she reached the second round of both the women’s singles and women’s doubles tournaments.
19. She’s down to earth.
When asked what her favourite hobby is, Genie simply said that she likes going to the movies and hanging out with friends and family. Pretty humble, right?
20. She’s buddies with Jim Parsons, aka Sheldon from the “Big Bang Theory”.
Who wouldn’t want to be? He’s hilarious! Next.
21. She has her own army.
Not that type of army… Genie’s supporters’ group is actually called the ‘Genie Army’. The group started during the 2014 Australian Open and are committed to cheering her on wherever she goes.
22. She’s already beaten her childhood idol.
In 2017, Genie beat Maria Sharapova in the second round of the Madrid Open. Genie had grown up during the 2000s watching the Russian win multiple Grand Slam titles.
23. She has many talents.
In the past, Genie has appeared on CTV as a guest weather anchor – and she killed it!
24. She’s a team player.
Genie has a terrific 13-4 record in the Fed Cup. In 2018 she wowed the crowd against Ukraine as she claimed victory in both her singles matches to help Team Canada win the tie and keep its place among the best 16 nations in the world.
25. There’s plenty more still to come.
Genie started 2019 with a bang, winning the ASB Classic doubles’ title in Auckland, New Zealand to kick off a year that holds plenty of promise.