Out of 7 billion people, only a few thousand become professional tennis players. It is a culmination of sacrifice and hard work, and thus a very few achieve it. Eugenie Bouchard, a Grand Slam finalist, gave pro tips to aspiring players so they can apply them and hopefully lead tennis in the coming years.
In an interview during the WTA Prague Open, Bouchard gave a simple tip to youngsters. According to the Canadian, hard work is key and there is no shortcut to success.
“My most important like tip would be that there is like no way around the hard work. You have to work hard to get to achieve something special you know. Because if it was easy, everyone would do it. So there’s no like magic pill, there’s no like secret formula.”
Having the right training is also important according to Eugenie Bouchard
Bouchard further suggested that aspirants must do the right things and train well. They will have to grind through the phase if they want to become professional tennis players.
“You have to do the right things, the right training obviously, but you really just have to put in the hours of practice, work hard. It can be repetitive sometimes it can be boring but it’s uh it’s a grind you know, and that’s what it takes to try achieve what so few people on this planet can achieve.”
At the age of 20, Bouchard had made it through to the Wimbledon finals. From then on, she has had setbacks but is now trying to bring herself up again.
Bouchard, on her path to reach the top again, played the Prague Open in August of this year. She was ranked in the low 300s and made it on to the quarterfinals, where she lost to the eventual runner-up Elise Mertens. She currently ranks at 141 and is looking to get inside the top 100 in the WTA rankings in 2021.
The former World No.5 was recently seen practicing for the upcoming season in the freezing temperatures of Canada. But it looks unlikely she will make it to the Australian Open 2021 because of her rankings.