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With grandma by her side, Bouchard takes easygoing approach to French Open

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25.05.2019

SPORTSCENTRE Reporter

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PARIS – Genie Bouchard has a secret weapon at this year's French Open: her grandmother.

"It’s her first French Open so she’s really been enjoying it," the 25-year-old said as grandma Huguette Martin videoed the interview on her phone from a few feet away. "She's literally taking selfies with players and always taking pictures of me too, which is annoying, but it's been fun and relaxed and we'll go enjoy the city as well."

The outlook for Bouchard at the year's second major isn't particularly bright. Plagued by an abdominal injury, the Montrealer hasn't played on tour since losing in the first round of qualifying at the Miami Open in March. On top of that, Bouchard recently split with coach Michael Joyce. But the 2014 Roland Garros semifinalist seemed far from gloomy on Friday while practising with Venus Williams. The session ended with an impromptu photo shoot starring Martin.

"We took selfies for like 15 minutes. We were joking that we spent more time taking selfies than practising, which is not true," Bouchard said, well aware of her social media ​critics. "Relax! We practised for like an hour and a half. My grandma loves tennis so she obviously loves watching Venus and Venus was so, so sweet. I like Venus a lot and we were all taking pictures and having fun and posing and just being girls, I guess."

Genie Bouchard has a special guest in Paris this year: her grandmother. "It’s her French........

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