Tebbutt: “Li Ends Bouchard’s AUSOPEN”

Eugenie Bouchard is nothing if not exceedingly ambitious. She is also constantly striving to improve and has said endless variations of, “I want to do better and to do more,” which she actually did say on Thursday following her 6-2, 6-4 loss to No. 4 seed Li Na in the Australian Open semifinals. But there was one moment after the match when the driven Bouchard finally seemed to actually give herself a pat on the back – well maybe half a pat. She was asked if she had exceeded her expectations considering that she was down a set point in the opening set of her first match against Chinese wild card Tang Hao Chen. “I wouldn’t say I exceeded my expectations,” she answered, “but I’m happy with how I did.”

Toronto Star: “‘Feel this moment,’ Canadian tennis legend advises Eugenie Bouchard”

Carling Bassett-Seguso knows exactly what Eugenie Bouchard is going through — and what she can expect next.
Eugenie Bouchard’s magical ride to the Australian Open semifinals has attracted the attention of a Canadian tennis starlet from 30 years ago. “When I heard that, I went, ‘Oh, my God. Thirty years.’ Then I thought how awesome it is that it’s happening now and how great this is for Canadian tennis,” Carling Bassett-Seguso said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Bradenton, Fla.

Allistair McCaw: “70% of Talented Kids Drop Out of Their Sport Before Age 13”

The reality is, 70% of all kids quit organized sports by the age of 13, and the number one reason they cite is that it is not fun anymore. Personally, having been around the sports world for over 30 years now, growing up as a kid, competing professionally for 10 years, and now coaching, I have seen this first hand. There can be a few reasons why kids drop out early: