The best of both worlds for Stephanie Dubois

The best of both worlds for Stéphanie Dubois

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LONDON | Former player Stéphanie Dubois is happily ever after in England, where she has been living with her family for a few years.  

Dubois ended her career in September 2014. She had just lost in the first round of the National Bank Cup in Quebec. Since that day, she has never had any regrets about her journey. 

“ Like all athletes, I needed a transition period after my retirement, says Stéphanie Dubois during a telephone interview. During the first years, it is always more emotional when you attend matches. ”

Several years later, the inner flame is less strong than before. On the other hand, the interest in tennis is still very present. Moreover, we met her at Wimbledon with her husband. 

“ I go back to Wimbledon regularly and I see players I know. Looking back, when I look back on my career, I'm proud of what I've accomplished. Not many people can say they've played Wimbledon 10 times.After her career, she studied at the Promédia School of Radio and Television to find a job in the media. She landed a job as a tennis analyst at BT Sport, one of the biggest broadcasters in England. 

“I've always had an interest in this job . My job at BT Sport allowed me to work in English immediately after my career, adds the one who is from Laval. It was a golden opportunity that opened the door for me for the WTA. ”

For several years now, she has been an analyst for the WTA platform. It is her voice that we hear around the world during a dozen tournaments. 

“ You can hear me on TSN and ESPN during matches, mentions the Quebecer. I also played a few matches in French for the TVA Sports channel. 

“On the other hand, I limit myself because my daughters are still small [five and two years old]. I can't do 30 right now. When I can go to tournaments in person, I go. 

The WTA studios are located in Leeds, three hours by plane 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 remains home to take care of her daughters, Alicia and Annabelle. Her husband, Oliver, is also helping out. 

“I always wanted to have a family. The arrival of children can change a life, but I find that 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 television. 

How would he react if his daughters decided to follow in his footsteps in the next few years?

“Alicia has taken a few classes and she will start again soon. Annabelle is comfortable with a racquet. I will encourage them, no matter what sport they are going to practice. If it's tennis, it will be tennis.”

Impressed

Canadian women's tennis has had some big moments in recent years, courtesy of the outbreaks of Bianca Andreescu and Leylah Fernandez. 

“  I am impressed by both, analyzes Dubois. Leylah made the US Open final and she is training very hard. She takes the ball very early on the rebound. It is 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 have impromptu meetings. On Sunday, I had the chance to shake hands with Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley. Staley is a tennis maniac. He is at Wimbledon with his wife for two days.

ONE CITY, THREE MAJOR EVENTS

Things are happening in England. In the space of a few days, this country will have hosted 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 was expecting fireworks during the Kyrgios-Tsitsipas match. I have been well served. At one point, the tension was heavy between the two players. Kyrgios managed to get into the head of Tsitsipas who deviated from his game plan. It's as simple as that. When focused on tennis, Kyrgios is quite the player. 

THE PRECIOUS OF JOURNALISTS

Only a limited number of journalists may attend matches on center court. Some veterans have the privilege of going there as they please. For the others, there is a system of bracelets. During highly coveted games, a long line is seen around the media center reception.