Former world No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard has signed up to play the Citi Open in Washington, the tournament announced on Friday.
Bouchard, 28, underwent a shoulder surgery last year as she hasn't appeared in any events since March 2021. At the Citi Open, Bouchard is a very familiar place.
Bouchard debuted at the Citi Open 11 years ago in 2011 and has made six appearences at the tournament since. Bouchard achieved her best Washington result when she was just 18 as she reached the quarterfinal at the tournament in 2012.
Bouchard last played at the Citi Open in 2019, when she was beaten in the first round by Lauren Davis.
Bouchard decided not to return at Wimbledon
Bouchard was intiailly planning to compete at Wimbledon but decided to withdraw from the tournament after the WTA removed ranking points from this year's tournament.
“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. 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 doesn't have a ranking at the moment and she is basically starting from the scratch. The Citi Open is set to feature some of the biggest names of the game and it remains to be seen how far can Bouchard in what will maybe be her first tournament in a year and a half.