Six-time US Open champion Chris Evert has praised Eugenie Bouchard's efforts to get back to the top of the game.
"The thing I like about Genie Bouchard is very much like Andre Agassi did...starting to play the lower-tiered tournaments, to really win some matches, and to gain that confidence and to gain match practice and really to get her game back, and I like that, I like that she’s doing that," Evert told reporters as part of ESPN's preview of the forthcoming US Open.
"I think it’s going to humble her, and it shows me that she’s hungry to get back to close to where she was. I don’t think she can get back to where she was, but I don’t doubt that she can get back to Top 30. I don’t see why not."
The Canadian has been competing in ITF tournaments - and entered the Rogers Cup doubles with Sloane Stephens earlier in August. Evert likens her current situation to the one Agassi faced in 1998, playing in the Challenger series as he worked his way back up the rankings.
"She’s proven that she has the game to be dangerous when it’s on," added Evert. "Her game is to be aggressive, to hit the ball. She’s got to work on her moving, to be in position to hit the ball. She’s got to work on consistency, and she’s getting the matches that she needs right now, and she’s gaining more and more confidence.
"You know, I mean, she’s on the right track. She’s on the right track, and I do not doubt that she could be in the Top 30. I think she’s learned a lot. I think she’s learned a lot through this adversity the last few years."