Airport officials make Eugenie Bouchard's life gloomy

Jun 06, 2016, 08:37 IST | A Correspondent

Airport official asks Canadian tennis ace what she's doing in The Netherlands when French Open is on in Paris

Amsterdam: Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard received quite a cold welcome in The Netherlands recently.

Eugenie Bouchard. Pic/Getty Images
Eugenie Bouchard. Pic/Getty Images

If a second round exit in the French Open was not enough, her travel to the country famous for its windmills and canals, was made gloomy by one of the immigration officials at the airport.

The 22-year-old landed in The Netherlands on Friday to participate in the Ricoh Open that begins in Hertogenbosch today, where she hopes to regain form on grass ahead of Wimbledon.

At Roland Garros, Bouchard lost to Timea Bacsinszky 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets on May 26.

From a career-high ranking of seven at the end of 2014, where she lost in the Wimbledon final to Petra Kvitova, Bouchard slipped out of the top 40 in 2015 and has been struggling both on and off court. While form seems to have deserted her on court, off it, she's had to battle an eating disorder.

On her arrival at the Dutch airport, the World No 47 was reminded of her poor form during an informal conversation with an airport official.

A Dutch immigration officer asked Bouchard why she wasn't in Paris (for the French Open) since she is a tennis player.

Bouchard had no reply to the official's query and later posted the following conversation with the him on Twitter: "Immigration entering Holland: Him: Purpose of trip? Me: Tennis tournament Him: Oh, shouldn't you still be in Paris then? Me: ..."

After the Ricoh Open, Bouchard will head to the WTA's new grass court event at the Mallorca Open, then to the Aegon International in Eastbourne, England before heading to Wimbledon.

The good thing is, her sense of humour is intact.

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