Abanda takes aim at un­even at­ten­tion

Edmonton Journal - - SPORTS -

Fran­coise Abanda says she doesn’t get the same recog­ni­tion as fel­low Cana­dian ten­nis player Eu­ge­nie Bouchard be­cause she is black. Abanda posted the com­ment in re­sponse to a Twit­ter user who asked why the 21-yearold from Montreal doesn’t get the same at­ten­tion as Bouchard, her team­mate on Canada’s Fed Cup squad. “I will never get the same treat­ment be­cause I am black. It’s the truth!” Abanda posted on her ver­i­fied ac­count. Abanda is cur­rently the high­es­tranked women’s ten­nis player in Canada at No. 128. Bouchard, from West­mount, Que., has seen a steep de­cline in her ca­reer since reach­ing the 2014 Wim­ble­don fi­nal and is cur­rently ranked 169th. Bouchard, how­ever, has re­mained in the pub­lic eye thanks to en­dorse­ments and mod­el­ling.

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