Bouchard awed by vampire welcome, can't believe Transylvania Open is not a WTA 1000

Tennis - See the reasons why Bouchard thinks so highly about the tournament.

by Claudiu Pop
Bouchard awed by vampire welcome, can't believe Transylvania Open is not a WTA 1000

Genie Bouchard, who is playing the vampire-themed Transylvania Open this week, confessed that she was so impressed by the good organization of the Transylvania Open that she could not believe that the tournament is categorized only as a WTA 250.

"It's my first time in Romania, so my coach and I spent some time visiting the town and it's so beautiful. We've had such an enjoyable time so far," said Bouchard at the pre-tournament press conference. "We also think the tournament is really well done, well set up.

We can't believe it's only a 250. This tournament should be a (WTA) 1000. They take care of the players so well. The hotel is right across the street, which we love for efficiency. I'm so excited to be here and to play." Transylvania Open WTA250 will take place between the 8th and 16th of October, 2022.

After a successful first edition organized in 2021, the tournament held in Cluj-Napoca has earned its place in the official calendar of the Women's Tennis Association and promises to become a traditional competition. The matches will be played indoors, on hard, in BT Arena, starting with two days of qualifications.

Who will Bouchard meet in the 1st round of Transylvania Open

Following the main draw ceremony held Saturday, Genie Bouchard booked a first-round clash against Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina. Kalinina occupies the 45th place in the WTA ranking.

"We are pleased about the presence of Eugenie Bouchard at the Transylvania Open, for she is an attraction at any tournament she attends. Genie was supposed to have a wild card on the qualifiers, but we decided to switch and give her one on the main draw.

In this way, we give a chance to a Romanian player to play in the qualifiers. The wild card will go to our player from Cluj with excellent performances, at only 16 years old, Briana Szabo," said Patrick Ciorcilă, Transylvania Open WTA 250 tournament director.