PARIS – Genie Bouchard finally got on a court on site at the French Open Thursday. It didn't go particularly well, as 19-year-old up-and-comer Daria Kasatkina of Russia was all over every bal.
On the plus side, Bouchard seemed to have found the pop on her serve again and a nice, simple motion.
As a caveat, the 22-year-old Canadian typically does not fare all that well on training court. At all. She's just not one of those players who owns practice sets.
There was even a dual Canadian sighting as Bouchard's countryman Milos Raonic exited Court No. 2 after his training session, just as Bouchard arrived for hers.
Bouchard is reunited with longtime coaching guru Nick Saviano for the occasion, as the Floridian has made the trip to Paris. She also has coach Cyril Saulnier on board, and Canadian Fed Cup captain Sylvain Bruneau was on hand. She appeared to be without a physical trainer, and reportedly is looking for one after her association with South African Steve Kotze (who had been with her for much of the early part of the season) ended.
Here's what it looked like; as miserable as the weather was when Raonic was on court, it picked up impressively once Bouchard arrived.
Bouchard had an earlier practice Thursday at another site; the two-a-day practices have been the norm since she arrived in Paris, so it appears she isn't protecting any nagging health issues.
Only two days remain before the official start of the French Open Sunday; there's no way to know at this early stage whether the Canadian will play her first-round match Sunday, Monday or even Tuesday.
The draw will be held Friday at 11:15 a.m. Paris time (5:15 a.m. EDT) and will be streamed live on YouTube for Canadian fans who want to get up at that hour.
Unseeded, Bouchard could find herself – worst-case scenario – against world No. 1 Serena Williams in the first round. Or she could end up drawing a French wild card.