Former world No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard has decided not to play at Wimbledon following the WTA's decision not to award any points for participating at The Championships. Bouchard, 28, underwent a shoulder surgery last year and she hasn't played since.
Bouchard has recovered from the surgery and she plans to play this summer, but she has decided not to use her protected ranking for Wimbledon. “Hi guys, quick update on my end. I have decided to withdraw from Wimbledon due to the WTA’s decision to not award ranking points at this year’s Championships," Bouchard announced in a message posted on her social media.
“Due to my shoulder surgery, I get a limited number of protected ranking (PR) entries. As much as I love Wimbledon and skipping it makes me sad, using a PR entry at a tournament with no ranking points doesn’t make sense.
I must choose wisely and use my PR entries at tournaments that will help me get back to where I want to be. i am continuing my training/rehab and plan on returning to competition later this summer."
Bouchard plans to compete at the US Open, Australian Open
Bouchard won't compete at Wimbledon, but she plans to preserve her protected ranking to enter the US Open and Australian Open.
"I will now use my two Grand Slam PR entries for the US Open and the Australian Open. Thank you for all the amazing messages of support. I love you guys and can’t wait to see everyone again soon," Bouchard added.
In 2014, a 20-year-old Bouchard stunningly reached the Wimbledon final. In her first and lone Grand Slam final, Bouchard suffered a straight-set defeat to Petra Kvitova. Bouchard, who currently doesn't have a ranking, hasn't played at Wimbledon since 2019.
In 2019, Bouchard picked up a first round defeat versus Tamara Zidansek in the Wimbledon first round. Bouchard will likely return to Wimbledon next year.