Q: What are your biggest strengths?
Eugenie Bouchard: I stay calm and consistent. I’m very disciplined and focused; I need to be. If I do something then I’ll commit. I don’t think I’m naturally an emotional person. When I make a mistake, I’m obviously disappointed in myself, but I can’t dwell on it. I’ve learned not to dwell on the mistake while I’m playing because that will just lead to more mistakes. It’s a vicious cycle. I can’t afford to be an emotional rollercoaster.
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Q: How do you deal with the pressures and sacrifices that come with being a professional athlete?
EB: I take it in strides. I know what I signed up for. I like being under all this pressure, because if I’m not, then it’s because I’m not good enough. This level of pressure comes with the territory, so I’d rather have it all than nothing. It’s what motivates me to improve everyday.
Q: What is your daily schedule like?
EB: I spend most of my time on the tennis court. I wake up at 8 and eat eggs for the protein, fruits, and orange juice. Then I hit the tennis court for two hours working mainly on my technique. After lunch, I spend about another two hours on the tennis court before heading to the gym. As a tennis player, I have to work on my strength and cardio. I find the game of tennis has become more physical, and players are spending more time at the gym.
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Q: What do you do on your days off?
EB: It’s not often! But when I do have some free time, I lie on the couch and relax, physically and mentally. It’s important to take time away from tennis. When I can, I head to Montreal to visit my family. I’m not there often because I train in Florida. I miss my siblings, but it’s the sacrifice I’ve made.
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Q: If you weren’t a tennis player, what would you see yourself doing?
EB: It’s difficult for me to imagine because I’ve been dreaming about being a tennis player since the age of 9. I live very much in the moment. I don’t think too much about the future or retiring at 30; I can’t even thinking about being 30. I want to be young forever.
Q: You’re getting a lot of media attention right now, how do you handle it?
EB: I know that the better I play, the more attention I’ll get. I’ve been asked to do things outside of the game, during tournaments. However, I learned that sometimes you have to say ‘no.’ I’ve had to reevaluate and prioritize what’s best for me. At the same, I’m happy to have the attention than nothing at all. I know that at the end of the day, I’m a tennis player, and if I can’t perform well on the tennis court, no one will pay attention. I have my mother who keeps my grounded and my siblings who don’t treat me any differently. That’s important to have.
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Q: What is your favourite cuisine?
EB: I adore all Italian food. As an athlete, I eat a lot of carbs, but in Italy, it’s just so delicious. Everything they make is fresh and straight from the garden.
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Q: What’s a favourite song we can find on your iPod?
EB: Genie In A Bottle by Christina Aguilera is definitely my song. Not only is it my name, but it’s also the very first song I put on my iPod. Sometimes during tournaments, they ask us what song we want them to play while we walk on the court and I’ll always ask for Genie In A Bottle.
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