Q & A with Genie Bouchard
I recently had the chance to catch up with Genie Bouchard who was in the Big Apple to promote her sponsor Colgate. Always on point with the trends, Genie (5′ 10″) wore a comfy short sleeved Nike sweatshirt dress, gold lace choker and over the knee boots for our meeting.
Now age 22, Genie was raised in Montreal Canada and began playing tennis at age 5. She currently stands at #47 on the WTA.
What is your earliest tennis memory?
Playing a version of the game in the basement of my house with my Dad and twin sister, hitting balls over the couch. I recall my Dad playing a trick on my sister, throwing a ball that didn’t bounce and went sideways when she hit it.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
When my little brother was born, I remember going to the hospital and being so proud to be a big sister. I got to hold him and remember noticing my grandmother’s arms right underneath mine. I recall thinking it was crazy that my Gramma thought I might drop him.
Did you play other sports besides tennis?
I was quite athletic as a kid and loved soccer and basketball at camp. I was really pretty good at them and I think it was helpful to my game.
What is your fitness/tennis balance ratio?
It’s crazy nowadays because the game has become so physical. Fitness is critical. My general schedule is 10-12 am tennis, 2-3:30 pm tennis , 4-6 pm fitness and then massage, a good meal with protein and carbs, and sleep. Sleeping really is an important part of the job.
What are your diet priorities/restrictions? Vegetarian, gluten free…anything and everything?
I eat very healthy. I feel that my body naturally wants to eat leaner, natural foods and I definitely notice a difference in how I feel if I don’t stay on track.
You say you like a power filled breakfast. What’s in that?
I always start the day with a big breakfast: protein, something salty, eggs, oatmeal, toast, potatoes. It’s always healthy though. If I eat something sugary like Coco Puffs I get an immediate boost of energy but then crash in the middle of a workout.
3 things that are always in your tennis bag besides racquets.
Hair elastics, headphones, and my cell phone.
What’s on your playlist?
It depends on what I’m doing. If I am getting ready for a match I like hip hop and house, something to get me really pumped up and in the zone. Otherwise I like a lot of pop music – stuff you hear on the radio.
Are you involved with the design of the tennis fashions you wear on court?
I am part of the process and am really lucky to have a company like Nike that allows me to be involved. We work way in advance but I do get to offer my opinions on what I like to wear, and how to make my outfits cool and unique.
Do you have any “bad” habits you would like to break?
Sometimes I pick my nails. My remedy is to get a manicure so my nails look pretty and I don’t want to ruin them. It’s hard for me to take the time to get a manicure though.
Trait(s) you don’t like in others?
Someone who is not loyal or true to themselves.
What’s your favorite smell?
Vanilla candles and a freshly opened can of tennis balls. That smell brings me back to when I was a kid.
How do you relax? What’s your go to activity.
Because I give 100% on court and in every training activity I do, when I’m off court I feel like I’m lazy. Because what I do is so demanding, I’m happy to just sleep and binge watch shows or whatever.
Is there a word or phrase you think that you overuse?
Well I think it’s my whole generation but maybe “umm” and “like.”
If you could edit anything in your past what would it be?
I would go back to every match I’ve lost and win it.
What are the most expensive things you’ve ever bought?
I love handbags. I’ve gotten Céline and Chanel bags for myself when I’ve won rounds like semis.
What is your most treasured possession?
My Wimbledon finalist trophy . It represents all the time, effort and hard work I’ve put into tennis and it just can’t be bought.
If you could pick up and go anywhere today for one month where would it be?
I would go to Hawaii. I have never been and the beach is my place.
Who would you bring along?
I’d go with one of my sisters, maybe some girlfriends and just have girl time, margaritas and lots of beach.
The most important lesson life has taught you so far?
There is no substitute for hard work. You can’t avoid it or get around it.
What values do you owe to your parents?
My parents taught me to treat people how you want to be treated.
#MyWishForTheFuture is trending on Twitter today, what is your wish?
I think everyone should be sure to appreciate and savor the special moments in life. Take time to really notice each one. Time goes fast.
Tell me about your partnership with Colgate.
Colgate is a brand that represents a healthy lifestyle which is what I am all about. An authentic smile exudes confidence. I’ve been using Colgate toothpaste since I was a kid. It has a comforting family feel for me.
I’m told Genie is currently using Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste.