“I’ve definitely experienced period cramps, pain... We cannot control the schedule” - Eugenie Bouchard lays bare the challenges faced by women on tour

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Eugenie Bouchard discusses challenges faced by women on tour (image source: GETTY)

Eugenie Bouchard recently opened up about the issues faced by women due to menstruation while on tour. She shared her experiences, admitting that it was something women had to deal with.

Bouchard burst onto the scene at the age of 20 when she reached the final of the 2014 Wimbledon. She made it to the semifinals at the Australian Open and the French Open that year, and also won the Nurnberger Versicherungscup title. This helped her break into the Top 5 that year.

However, her career didn't take off due to injury concerns and challenges with maintaining form. The Canadian is currently juggling her career as a professional in pickleball and tennis and is a social media sensation.

The 30-year-old recently appeared in an episode of the NotAlone podcast where she discussed how women have to play despite the period cramps and pain they endure. She said how she had to face a similar situation at the US Open but was lucky that it was a practice day.

“I've definitely experienced period cramps, pain, and I remember having that the day before the US Open in New York. And I was like, thank god this is just a practice day today because if I had to play my match today, it would be really hard,“ Eugenie Bouchard said.

Bouchard added that it was something women had to deal with as they can't possibly control the schedule.

“That's just something that we have to deal with. We cannot control the schedule,” she added.

"I know some of the girls on tour get worried when it comes to Wimbledon because you have to wear white" - Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard also talked about the issues women face during Wimbledon as they wear white. She was thankful for the new rule change that allowed women to wear different colored undergarments if they were menstruating.

“And I also know some of the girls on tour also get worried when it comes to Wimbledon because you have to wear white. But now, actually, they changed the rules where you can wear, like, a different colored undergarment.”
“So, like, your, like ball shorts under the dress can be a different color. That's a super recent rule.”

The rule was put into place at Wimbledon last year after protests were raised regarding the all-white dress code. Elena Rybakina, who was the reigning champion, faced Shelby Rogers to open the second day and both women donned black undershots.

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Edited by Vaishnavi Iyer
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