Eugenie Bouchard to make ‘last-minute’ decision on Olympics
Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard said she’s undecided on whether to play in the Rio Olympics and won’t decide until next week, citing Zika virus concerns Tuesday.
“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 after losing in the first round of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. “I really don’t know what to do at this point.”
Bouchard, 22, reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open and 2014 French Open and the 2014 Wimbledon final. She struggled for much of 2015, then suffered a concussion slipping and falling in a locker room at the U.S. Open.
Bouchard is ranked No. 41 in the world. Several other top tennis players have withdrawn from the Olympics for various reasons, including Zika.
“It’s just unfortunate because it would be my first Games, and to have a problem like this [Zika] kind of dampening the excitement of, potentially, your first Olympic Games, it really sucks, to be honest,” she said. “It’s something that I haven’t been thinking about. I’m just going to, like, wake up and make a decision.”