The former world No. 5 and 2014 Wimbledon finalist, Eugenie Bouchard, joined on for the 2024 season on the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Tour. The Professional Pickleball Association revealed the move on social media on Thursday, calling it “one of the biggest signings of the year.”
Bouchard, 29, has yet to comment on the new contract’s implications in the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) for her tennis career. The Canadian player was never able to recreate her breakout season in 2014, when she reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, the French Open, and the Wimbledon final.
In the recent published article by ESPN, She has played sparingly in recent seasons due to a series of injuries, including one that necessitated surgery on her right shoulder.
Before she joined the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Tour , she was eliminated in the second round of qualifying at the US Open last month and hasn’t competed in a major main tournament since the French Open in 2020.
Bouchard is the most recent tennis player to switch to pickleball, where she joined the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Tour for the 2024 season. Jack Sock, the three-time major doubles winner, quit from tennis last month to focus on the developing sport, as did others such as Donald Young, Sam Querrey, and Hurricane Tyra Black.
Before joining the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA), Bouchard had a breakout year in 2014, when she lost in the Wimbledon final to Petra Kvitova after reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open and French Open the previous year.
According to Mail Daily, however, she has only made it to the fourth round of a major twice since, both times in 2015, and the Canadian has not played in the main draw of a slam since 2020. Bouchard was defeated in qualifying for this year’s US Open and has since moved to pickleball, which is gaining popularity in the US.
Bouchard has joined the Carvana Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Tour, which pits players against each other for titles and ranking points in 25 different locales around the United States, all leading up to the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Finals in California.
Only the top eight singles and doubles players and teams advance to the season finale, when the year-end world No. 1 is crowned.