LONDON | Former player Stéphanie Dubois is spinning the perfect fortune in England, where she has settled with her family for a number of years.
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Dubois retired in September 2014. She had just lost in the first round of the National Bank Cup in Quebec. Since that day she has never regretted her career.
“Like all athletes, I needed a transition period after my retirement,” says Stéphanie Dubois in a telephone interview. In the early years, going to games is always more emotional. »
A few years later, the inner flame is less intense than before. On the other hand, interest in tennis is still very present. We also met her with her husband at Wimbledon.
“I come back to Wimbledon regularly and see players I know. Looking back, when I look back on my career, I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. Few people can say they’ve played Wimbledon 10 times. »
On the other side of the fence
After her career, she studied at the Promédia School of Radio and Television to find a job in the media. She got a job as a tennis analyst at BT Sport, one of the biggest broadcasters in England.
“I’ve always been interested in this job. My job at BT Sport has enabled me to work in English right after my career, adds the one from Laval. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that opened the door to the WTA for me. »
She has been an analyst for the WTA platform for several years. It’s his voice we hear at a dozen tournaments around the world.
“You can hear me on TSN and ESPN during games,” the Quebec native said. I also did a few matches in French for the TVA Sports Channel.
“On the other hand, I limit myself because my daughters are still young [cinq et deux ans]. I can’t make 30 right now. If I can go to tournaments personally, I go. »
The WTA studios are based in Leeds, a three-hour flight from his home in Sevenoaks. She leaves her family for a few days before returning home at the end of the tournament.
A devoted mother
Between tournaments, Dubois stays at home to look after his daughters, Alicia and Annabelle. Her husband Oliver also helps out.
“I always wanted to have a family. The arrival of children can be life changing, but I find I have a good balance.
“When I’m here, I focus on the girls. When they are older, I would like to increase my number of tournaments as an analyst on TV. »
How would he react if his daughters followed in his footsteps for years to come?
“Alicia has taken a few classes and will be starting again soon. Annabelle is comfortable with a bat. I will encourage them no matter what sport they will play. If it’s tennis, it will be tennis. »
Canadian women’s tennis has seen some big moments in recent years thanks to the outbursts of Bianca Andreescu and Leylah Fernandez.
“I’m impressed by both,” analyzes Dubois. Leylah has reached the US Open final and she has been training really hard. On the rebound she takes the ball very early. It’s compact.
“Bianca is entertaining to watch. Injuries have slowed her down in recent years. She has a lot of potential. »
Echoes of Big Ben
NICE MEETING WITH STALEY
In the press room you can hold impromptu meetings. On Sunday I had the opportunity to shake hands with Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley. Staley is a tennis nut. He’s at Wimbledon for two days with his wife.
ONE CITY, THREE BIG EVENTS
Something is moving in England. Within days this country will host Wimbledon, the F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone (Carlos Sainz) and the Women’s Euro. It has to be done. who says better
BETWEEN THE TWO EARS
I expected fireworks during the Kyrgios Tsitsipas game. I was well served. At one point, the tension between the two players was high. Kyrgios managed to get into the head of Tsitsipas who deviated from his game plan. It’s as simple as that. Focusing on tennis, Kyrgios is quite the player.
THE PRECIOUS OF JOURNALISTS
Only a limited number of journalists can attend matches on Center Court. Some veterans have the privilege of going there as they please. For the others there is a bracelet system. A long line forms around the reception of the media center for highly coveted games.