Gil Reyes, the man who played a pivotal role in the career and success of tennis legend Andre Agassi, says that he has been working with former World No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, in recent months and that the Canadian has been working hard to make a comeback to the top level.
Gil Reyes says Eugenie Bouchard has been working hard in recent months
Bouchard, a former Wimbledon finalist, flew to Prague this week to play in the WTA event there - a clear sign that she wants to get back to the grind.
She is working with former World No. 1 in doubles, Rennae Stubbs as well. Reyes was recently on the Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast and spoke about the former World No. 5, saying that he has worked with her in recent months during the lockdown "I've known Genie for a long time.
She made a commitment to want to come back. I have complete confidence that she will find her form and make some good story. The thing I wish for Genie is that she gets her momentum, her confidence and her form. She wants to work.
She comes in here and is ready. And I can't say that about everyone. Because my standard level is pretty high. Andre set the level high." Bouchard has tried to make the best use of the lockdown - saying that she used the time to work on her fitness.
"There are two options that you can take. You can be sad about not being able to do your job. Or try to work harder and have the opportunity to get better. It was like bonus days in the gym. Usually we don't have the time."
The Canadian meets the No. 8 seed Veronika Kudermetova in the first round of the Prague WTA event. Bouchard had an early rise in the sport. She was named WTA Newcomer of the Year in 2013. In 2014, she reached the finals at Wimbledon losing to Petra Kvitova and also reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open and French Open in that same year.
She peaked at No. 5 in the world rankings by the time she was 20 in October 2014. But a loss of form and confidence in recent years has seen her ranking slip outside the Top 300. With a renewed focus on her fitness, let's hope we can see Bouchard climb back up the rankings quickly.