Bouchard In Transition Before Saviano Returns As Coach

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Eugenie Bouchard Tennis News

Eugenie Bouchard is no longer working with Thomas Hogstedt and has added former coach Nick Saviano back on her team.

Bouchard was with Saviano at Charleston but said at the time she had not decided who would be her coach. It is her fourth coaching change in a year and a half, not counting a one-tournament stint with Jimmy Connors, and has coincided with an inconsistent period in the 21-year-old’s career.

At this week’s event at Madrid, she is being coached by a regular hitting partner. “This week I am with my fitness trainer and then my coach, Cyril Saulnier. He has been with me when I was training with Thomas Hogstedt,” she told the Montreal Gazette. “I’m here with him for Madrid and Rome, and the plan is for Nick Saviano to come the week before the French Open, and the French Open.

Bouchard trained at the Saviano academy as a junior and then brought him on as coach for her breakthrough season in 2014, but they stopped working together before the next season. The break has rejuvenated their pairing, according to Bouchard.

“I’ve known him since I was 12 and he is almost like a second father figure to me. He’s been coaching me for so many years, so it’s interesting to have taken a break,” she said. “I think it’s what’s right for me right now, and it’s interesting to reconnect to someone like that.”

Saviano had subsequently coached Sloane Stephens, another former pupil, also helping her climb back up the rankings.

Bouchard, returning from an abdominal injury, fell in the first round of Madrid and is next scheduled to play the WTA Rome tournament.

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