The challenges of dating as a professional athlete

The challenges of dating as a professional athlete

Genie Bouchard isn’t looking for her soulmate within her own sport.

During the debut episode of the “Golf, Mostly” podcast with Michelle Wie West and Hally Leadbetter, the Canadian tennis ace, 28, spoke about dating as a professional athlete, and what she looks for in potential suitors. Among the specifics not high on her list? Being a fellow member of the tennis community.

“Well, I would say, definitely, I wouldn’t want to date someone in the tennis world because he would just be so much tennis, I feel like non-stop,” Bouchard said.

Genie Bouchard opened up about dating as a professional athlete during a recent appearance on the “Golf, Mostly” podcast.
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Genie Bouchard previously dated Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.
Genie Bouchard previously dated Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.
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Bouchard then explained that because her days revolve around tennis, she’d likely want to connect about different topics entirely.

“On the one hand, they would probably relate with you more than anybody, but on the other hand, it’s like my friends. My friends are mostly out of tennis and I like to text or call someone and talk about totally different stuff than tennis because my entire day is tennis, so I feel like the same would apply to dating,” she said.

Bouchard added that “someone athletic is obviously ideal.”

Genie Bouchard says confidence and humor are qualities she values ​​in potential suitors.
Genie Bouchard says confidence and humor are qualities she values ​​in potential suitors.
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Genie Bouchard in action during the Agel Open in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in October 2022.
Genie Bouchard in action during the Agel Open in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in October 2022.
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The athlete, who split from Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in March after less than two years of dating, then spilled which qualities she values ​​most in a gentleman.

“Respectful, but also confident,” Bouchard said. “I think confidence is very attractive and someone who’s funny, personality matters. After a while, looks bland, and if this is someone who is going to be someone for the future, then you got to make each other laugh and be friends.”

With Bouchard making her way back to the court following shoulder surgery in 2021, the former world No. 5 noted that not constantly traveling for some time is a “small perk” in regard to her personal affairs.

“You can be normal, socialize, go on more dates than usual, but normally it’s very hard,” she said. “Now look, I’m going to be on the road for a month and just going to be in my room doing room service, hanging out with my coach so that’s what I’m foreseeing for the next month.”

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