The Chicago Journal

How Katie Boulter Spent her Time While Waiting to Make Tennis Comeback

Katie Boulter has promising performance and labeled as the best younger British player on the block 15 months ago. Her career is finally at its peak with a performance -high ranking of 82 and amazing strokes making her career to soar high at the very young age. Fellow tennis player-legend, Naomi Osaka called her “really good” at Wimbledon 2018 and she looked it too as she played an instrumental role in Great Britain’s return to the Fed Cup world group II, winning on streak six of her seven Fed Cup matches including the decisive rubber at home against Kazakhstan in April 2019. 

With the overwhelming achievements and recognition her performance stood up and that was the last time Boulter would be seen for months as her efforts at the Copper Box came took a break. However, She surfaced again when she took advantage of the French Open’s new rules by withdrawing late and picking up $20,000, 50% of prize money. Thus, she did take action again on tennis court until November.

“Personally I was pretty sad because I felt like I had finally got my game to a really good place and I was ready to compete.” The 23-year-old said on a zoom interview with few journalists that the coronavirus pandemic was a buzzkill and came at the wrong time for her career. On the other hand, she is looking forward to make a comeback on the tennis court. Just like other athletes, they spend their time volunteering themselves to charity works. 

Boulter has stooped down from the court it has allowed her to look beyond the insular world of tennis. Currently she is in Leicester and preparing to volunteer with Age UK, which will give her contact with older people again. Her advocacy pushes her to spend of her time to engage with the older ones. 

“What they do is they pair you with up to three people,” she said. “You can either go and see them, talk to them over the phone, go and do their shopping for them and basically just try and help them make their lives a little bit easier. Hopefully they won’t be so lonely. It keeps them busy.”

At her London flat Boulter is hosting fellow British player Laura Robson, who is rehabilitating from hip surgery. They have been following the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality in the US and she highlighted the “incredible”, moving protest video by many of her colleagues, created by her friend, the American men’s player Frances Tiafoe.

“I think the whole situation is pretty tragic and personally I would say it is very unacceptable to see the way that these people have been treated in this era,” she said. “I would have hoped that we could have moved on from this but it is clearly a worldwide problem and I really hope that everyone can get together and use their platforms to find a way to spread awareness.”

Boulter is using this period to become more prolific and never wasted a time to make herself better and ever-ready for new completion when everything goes back to normal. And true enough, she is on the process of metamorphosis, ready to unleash her prowess once again in tennis court.  Whenever the tour returns, she will be there. 

“I’m a competitor so I’m looking forward to just competing and any opportunity I get to do that, that will be my sole focus,” she said. Given the fact the her career is on the process of greatness, she’s ever ready to learn and acquire the necessary skills to enhance her performance as an athlete. 

 “Clearly if I think there’ll be any health issues with that, then I’ll be very cautious with it but I have complete faith in what they do and they will make the right decisions with this call.”

Katie Boulter is a member of the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme, the highest level of support offered to developing elite players.