Having received an invitation to participate in the Odlum Brown Open in Vancouver, Quebecer Eugenie Bouchard will return to competition after 18 months on the sidelines.
The organizers of the WTA 125 tournament announced on Tuesday that they had granted a bye to the main draw to “Genie”. The former fifth racket in the world confirmed on Twitter on Wednesday that she agreed to play there next week.
The 28-year-old suffered a right shoulder injury a year ago and required surgery. The last tournament in which she took part was that of Monterrey, in March 2021.
Bouchard was originally scheduled to play at Wimbledon in July, but she dropped out of the draw as no ranking points were awarded there. She said then that she wanted to focus on the United States Open.
In addition to Bouchard, organizers in Vancouver also gave places in the main draw to Quebecers Alexis Galarneau and Gabriel Diallo, as well as Ontario’s Carol Zhao.