According to Stephanie Myles of Yahoo! Sports on Friday, Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal, Quebec has decided to drop her coach Thomas Hogstedt of Sweden. The move comes with just over three months prior to the start of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Hogstedt had been coaching Bouchard since January. Prior to coaching Bouchard, Hogstedt had coached Maria Sharapova of Russia, Tommy Haas of Germany and Li Na of China. He is now expected to coach Madison Keys of the United States. Keys’s previous coach was Lindsay Davenport, however her schedule was getting too busy. Davenport has four children and is very busy with Tennis Channel.
There is now speculation that Bouchard will be working with Cyril Saulnier of France, and possibly Nick Saviano of the United States once again. Saviano was Bouchard’s coach when she went to the final of Wimbledon and semi-finals of the Australian Open and French Open during her dream 2014 tennis season. Saulnier was ranked as high as 48th in the world in 2005 and will be Bouchard’s coach when she is in Madrid this week.
Bouchard is currently ranked 46th in the world. Her record this season to date is 16 wins and eight losses.
Bouchard has reached two finals in 2016. She lost to Alize Cornet of France in the final of Hobart, Australia 6-1, 6-2 in January and to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the final of Kuala Lumpur 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 in February. Bouchard’s most impressive wins this year have come against reigning French Open quarterfinalist Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium in the second round of Hobart, former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in the semi-finals of Hobart and former Australian Open semi-finalist Sloane Stephens of the United States in the second round of Indian Wells.