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Thursday 24 July 2014

Irish personal trainer plays key part in Bouchard's Wimbledon dream

Published 04/07/2014|17:29

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Canada's Eugenie Bouchard reacts after beating Romania's Simona Halep in the Wimbledon semi-final
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard reacts after beating Romania's Simona Halep in the Wimbledon semi-final

Eugenie Bouchard has taken Wimbledon by storm and the Canadian star has been helped in no small part by an Irish personal trainer.

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The 20-year-old reached her first Wimbledon final by defeating Simona Halep 7-6, 6-2 and has quickly become a crowd favourite.

Not only has her skill level been evident, the Canadian has showed her fitness levels are a match for anyone and one person that can take some credit for this is Irish strength and conditioning coach Andrew Hanley.

The Mayo native and former Waterford Institute of technology student comes from family with sporting pedigree, with younger brother Pearce Hanley currently starring for AFL side the Brisbane Lions and has represented his country for the International Rules Series.

Andrew is a Strength and Conditioning coach with the Chamber Gym in Florida and helped Genie before the start of the season to ensure her stamina and fitness levels were at peak condition for the season ahead.

Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail recorded the training sessions he held with the tennis star and it is clear that the hard work has paid of over the course of the season as Bouchard is the only female player to reach the semi-finals at every grand slam tournament this season.

Andrew is a member of the Ballaghaderreen in Mayo and his work in the States has involved working with numerous NFL players, with athletes ranging from first round draft picks to Super Bowl winners.

Hopefully Mayo’s disappointing record in finals will have little bearing on Bouchard's Wimbledon final tomorrow where she takes on former champion Petra Kvitova.

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