Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard (*1994 / CAN) has had a stellar year in 2014 when she reached the finals of Wimbledon (lost to Petra Kvitova / CZE) as well as the semifinals of both the Australian and the French Open. That year she also reached her career high of #5. As a former long-time student of Florida-based Nick Saviano, Genie has an excellent foundation in the efficient stroke technique into the direction of Tennis 3.0 and it was my real pleasure to have had the possibility to bring my inputs into her technical development until 2014. Let’s hope that Genie and her team have learned from the mistakes coming after her great results in 2014 and that based on her great foundation, she will thrive under her new coach (from the end of 2016 on) Thomas Högstedt (SWE).
Genie’s service, in particular, didn’t get so much attention yet, but despite some remaining improvement possibilities concerning mainly the increase of its margin, it has a lot of good aspects, mainly around the body energy integration into the stroke. Genie, on her good days, mostly gains quite high percentages out of her serving points. But, because of the limited margin, her service percentages can slide down quite a bit on her less good days. Some interesting details can be seen on the photos shown below. It might be just my subjective view of the things, but in my personal opinion Genie’s service margin was rather higher in 2014 (photos on the bottom) than in 2016:
This article focuses just on certain aspects and is not intended as a complete stroke analysis. Further photos and more detailed analysis & information including the information about the optimal “Tennis 3.0 Code” application in order to increase the service margins are available upon request at drmgb11(at)gmail.com
Photos (August 2014/2016) & text (January 2017) copyright by Dr. Martin G. Baroch