Former World No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard has said the new Tennis Canada initiative to support lower ranked players is a great idea and would help support several players. Tennis Canada has come up with a plan to provide financial support to the lower ranked players during the current tennis shutdown in partnership with National Bank by providing grants.
The grants will be sponsored by National Bank and the players ranked between 100 and 750 in the singles rankings and 25 to 100 in the doubles rankings will benefit from the grants. Speaking to the Tennis Channel on Thursday, the former Wimbledon finalist commented, “Yeah, I heard that news recently.
"I think that’s great. It’s coming from the National Bank which is a huge sponsor of tennis in Canada. I was talking to one of my good friends, and she’s eligible for the grant. I think it will help tennis players to keep playing tennis.
Tennis has become more popular in Canada now, I think it’s going to help." The governing bodies of tennis - the ATP and the WTA - are also working on providing support to the lower ranked players. Bouchard is currently ranked No.
332 in the world. Despite her fall in the rankings, she remains one of the most popular players on the women's tour. She has a 4-3 record on the season this year prior to the shutdown, including a quarter-final appearance at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
She has been spending the quarantine period in Las Vegas and recently also returned to the courts there after tennis was permitted to resume in the region.