Genie Bouchard gets French Open wildcard entry

Ruben Hill
September 15, 2020

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard has received a wild card into the main draw of the French Open after reaching the final of the Istanbul Tennis Championship on Sunday.

The former No. 1 was the only non-Frenchman of eight players to be given a free pass into the main draw of the clay grand slam which starts in 13 days.

Murray lost to the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round of the recent US Open where he was also handed a wild card. He went two rounds in NY, and improved to 110th, but still too low for the French Open when it published its main draw entry list.

Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., was awarded one of eight wild cards into the women's main draw, which starts September 27.

Bouchard's best showing at the French Open was a semifinal appearance in 2014.

Bulgaria's Pironkova, who surprised the field at the US Open when she reached the quarter-finals in her first tournament in three years following a maternity break, was also given a wild card.

Between 2014 and 2017, the two-time Wimbledon champion qualified for the semi-finals at Roland Garros for four consecutive years, but will enter the tournament without any competition practice on clay after he decided against playing at the Italian Open this week.

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