Post her stunning comeback performance at the Istanbul Tennis Championship, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard earns a wild card into the main draw of the French Open 2020. The 26-year-old jumped up 105 places from No. 272 to No. 167 in the rankings after her runner-up presentation as a qualifier at the Istanbul clay-court event.
Alongside Bouchard, Murray and Pironkova too enter French Open 2020 as Wildcards
Bouchard has faced a dramatic downtrend in her rank after reaching the Wimbledon 2014 finals. Her semifinalist performance six years back in Paris has been her best till date. The former World No. 5 restarted her season and aced six straight matches before her defeat to Romanian Patricia Maria Tig 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4) in the finals on Sunday. Her entry into the French Open was uncertain due to her ranks.
“I’m honestly shocked,” Bouchard told TSN about her reaction to getting the French Open wildcard. Fans too are elated to see Bouchard in action at a grand slam once again.
Former World No. 1 Andy Murray who has been battling back from his hip injury and Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova who presented an astounding comeback at the US Open 2020 after three years post her maternity break also get the wild get entry to French Open which has been postponed to September 27-October 11 from the original May-June schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.