Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard Still Uncertain Over Rio Participation

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 | 0

Top Canadian female tennis player Eugenie Bouchard is still unsure whether she will make her Olympic debut at the Rio Games or not as she plans to take a last-minute decision over Zika virus fears.

“I’m kind of a last-minute person, so I’m going to make a decision next week, I guess, the week before [the Olympics],” Bouchard said in the post-match press conference (as quoted by NBC Sports) after her first-round loss to Camila Giorgi at the Citi Open in Washington on Tuesday.

Despite the World Health Organization assuring that the threat of the mosquito-borne disease is negligible, quite a few players have pulled out of the quadrennial event. Among these include Bouchard’s compatriot Milos Raonic, Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych, and Romania’s Simona Halep to name a few.

She added: “It’s just unfortunate because it would be my first Games, and to have a problem like this [Zika] dampening the excitement of potentially your first Olympic Games, it really sucks, to be honest. It’s something that I haven’t been thinking about. I’m just going to, like, wake up and make a decision.”

The tennis event is scheduled to run across August 6-14 at Rio de Janerio’s Olympic Tennis Centre.



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