HOBART, Australia - Eugenie Bouchard traded racquet for bat as she met Hobart Hurricanes cricket captain George Bailey this week.
The former World No.5 admitted she was not accustomed to the new game, having grown up in Canada, but was quick to pledge her allegiance to Bailey's boys.
“Cricket is not a big thing where I am from," the 23-year-old admitted at the Domain Tennis Center after receiving batting advice from former Australia T20 captain Bailey. "But I know it’s huge over here and in some other parts of the world. Whenever I travel, I see the hype."
Bouchard, who was also presented with a Hurricanes shirt, promised to give her new favorite sport a go during a gap in her schedule.
“The bat is pretty heavy – heavier than I expected. I’d love to go on a field and try it out some day. It’s super cool."
She also found time to tackle Bailey on the tennis court. "I was told [it] would be an easy hit, and he plays great," she said. "I was starting to sweat. He said he used to play and I could tell. He's a good leftie - it was pretty impressive."
Bouchard's attempts to repeat her 2016 final showing at the Hobart International ended when she was beaten by Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka on Monday, with attention now turning toward next week's Australian Open - where she reached the semifinal four years ago.