Eugenie Bouchard had every reason to want to talk to the press on Tuesday night after her dazzling first-round victory (6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3)) over world no.28 Lucie Safarova.
But she suffered an upset stomach during her doubles match, which got underway a few hours after her win, and didn’t feel well enough to meet with the media.
Her coach Nick Saviano and Canada’s Fed Cup and Olympic tennis coach Sylvain Bruneau were dispatched to explain the situation: “She came off the court and she was in a lot of discomfort with her stomach. We know it’s not serious. But she’s very uncomfortable right now.”
They went on to add: “Maybe it was something she ate in between? She was very uncomfortable out on the doubles court. I could tell. I walked along the fence and said, ‘What’s happening?’ I’ve known Genie since she was 12 years old. She’s very good with managing pain or discomfort. She’s not somebody who lightly complains about anything. I knew she was very uncomfortable in the doubles, starting in the second set.”
Bouchard and fellow Canadian Carol Zhao ended up bowing out in two sets (6-2, 6-2) to seventh seeds Raquel Atawo and Abigail Spears of the US.
Saviano was reassuring, indicating that Bouchard should be healthy enough to play her second-round match against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia on Wednesday. “She should be fine for tomorrow,” he stated. “But the objective is to make sure she has every chance to compete at 100% tomorrow. We’re very confident that will happen. But, you know, she would have loved to have been here. There is no reason why she wouldn’t want to be here. She is very uncomfortable right now but she’s getting better. She’ll be fine and ready to play tomorrow.”