Slump not due to any eating disorder, says Bouchard
LONDON (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard's slide down the tennis rankings had nothing to do with any eating disorder, the Canadian said on Thursday.
The whole issue was down to a misunderstanding, she said.
Tipped for the very top when she reached the Wimbledon final in 2014, Bouchard endured an alarming loss of form in 2015, and suffered a freak accident at the U.S. Open when she slipped in a locker room and suffered a head injury.
A subsequent court case with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and a change of coach and management company hardly helped her focus. Then the rumors began of an eating disorder.
"I never said I had an eating disorder -- I don't have one and never have," she said in an interview with broadcaster ESPN.
"That was something I was disappointed to see. I was describing how I would be nervous before matches and have trouble eating, which has happened to me since I was eight years old and playing tournaments.
"It definitely happened more frequently in 2015 but now I am less concerned about what people think.
"Now I worry about me and I can eat a lot."
Bouchard, down at 48th in the rankings after reaching number five in 2014, is still only 22-years-old. Continued...