Slump not due to any eating disorder, says Bouchard

Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:55am EDT
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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...

Britain Tennis - Aegon International - Devonshire Park, Eastbourne - 22/6/16
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard in action during the third round
Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra