Empty, the WTA of Guadalajara invites Bouchard

Guadalajara (Mexico) – Organized next week, between September 17 and 23, the WTA 1000 in Guadalajara will be full of important victims, including the first six in the ranking: the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (1st), the Polish Iga Swiatek (2nd), North American. Coco Gauff (3rd), the Kazakh Elena Rybakina (4th), the American Jessica Pegula (5th) and the Czech Marketa Vondrousova (6th).

Nearly half of the top 50 will also not participate in the Mexican tournament, including the Czechs Karolina Muchova, Petra Kvitova and Barbora Krejcikova, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina and the Romanian Sorana Cirstea. The main seed will be the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, current world number 7.

In the midst of so many absences, the tournament organization announced this Thursday that one of the invitations given to the main draw would be that of the Canadian Eugénie Bouchard, former world number 5, but who currently only occupies a modest 218th place at the WTA.

The 29-year-old Canadian turned heads last week when she embarked on a new adventure, announcing that she would be joining the pickleball circuit starting next year. According to the press in his country, it is not known if this means that Bouchard will leave professional tennis for good or how he will try to reconcile the two sports.

Julia Fleming

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