Tennis and cricket collided in Hobart yesterday, with Hobart Hurricanes captain George Bailey swapping his cricket bat for a tennis racquet when he met Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard at the Hobart International.
A former world number five, Bouchard will be aiming to be the first wildcard entrant into the Hobart International to win the tournament, ahead of travelling to Melbourne for the Australian Open later this month.
Although Bouchard has all the skills on the tennis court, she admits that her cricket knowledge isn’t quite as strong.
“I know matches can go really long and I know you swing the bat kind of like a baseball bat,” she said.
“I really don’t know all that much, to be honest. But it’s cool to have met George and now maybe get into it a little bit more.”
A tennis player as a junior, Bailey said playing tennis was something he was looking forward to doing more of once his time as a professional cricketer was over.
“I love my tennis. I really enjoy getting up here to watch the Hobart International and love playing myself,” he said.
“It’s one of the things I’m looking forward to getting back into once cricket finishes.”
Bailey said the itch to play always returns whenever he has a racquet in his hand.
“I do miss it, I get a little bit worried about getting injured which is why I haven’t played as much over the last few years, but certainly looking to playing a lot more in the future.”
There is no time for tennis today however, with the Hobart Hurricanes taking on the Sydney Sixers at Blundstone Arena tonight from 6.10pm and the WBBL Hurricanes playing their second game against the Brisbane Heat this afternoon from 1.20pm.