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I Dream of Genie

Friday, 4 July 2014 | Tags: , , , , ,

Eugenie Bouchard is making history. As you surely know by now, never before has a Canadian woman made it to the Wimbledon semi-finals. (Same goes for Milos Raonic as the first Canadian male.) And tomorrow, she will become the first Canadian singles player ever to compete for the title. No pressure Genie. Whatever happens tomorrow, she has already accomplished something truly great.

On Thursday after she won the semis, she spoke with humility, grace, strength and focus. Her job isn’t done yet and she promised to “leave everything on the court” during Saturday’s final match. I was so impressed with her, I might have shed a tear.

Bouchard is matter of fact about her success so far. She’s been hard at it since she was a little kid and getting to where she is today was always part of the plan.

The fact that she’s Canadian is notable to us, of course, but it’s bigger then that. If you watch where the cameras are pointed during her matches, the international press loves her. Apparently she’s all anyone is talking about in London. Her star power is on a meteoric assent.

If you don’t follow sport, you may wonder what all the fuss is about. Well if you have children, it is significant. The world is suffering from a critical shortage of positive young role models. Especially for girls. The further Milos and Bouchard go – even beyond this year – the more little kids will get excited about joining tennis. Kids with interests is a good thing. You know what they say about an idle mind.

Part of the appeal of tennis is that there are comparatively few barriers to entry. A raquet is cheaper then skis, there are many free public courts around and Tennis BC claims that more and more events are being held outside of major centres (again making it easier on the wallet). Plus the clothes are excellent.

Bouchard was quoted as saying she’s “excited” to play in tomorrow’s final match. If it were me, I’d want to vomit. I guess that’s why she’s the pro. Both Raonic and Bouchard are part of the reason it’s a great time to be Canadian (isn’t it always?) But beyond that, it’s wonderful to watch a class act with a killer serve. So get your lazy butt out of bed on Saturday, pour some mimosas and watch history in the making.

Watch the game on TSN. Coverage starts at 7am eastern time.

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