08/27/2015 19:58 EDT | Updated 08/27/2016 01:12 EDT

Bouchard working with tennis legend Jimmy Connors before U.S. Open

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is working with tennis legend Jimmy Connors on a temporary basis in preparation for the U.S. Open.

In a statement sent through her agent, Bouchard said she has been friends with Connors for a few years and that the two are working together this week while Connors is in New York City.

There are no long-term plans for Connors to continue coaching Bouchard, the 21-year-old said in the statement.

Bouchard recently parted ways with coach Sam Sumyk after Wimbledon and worked with Marko Dragic before the Rogers Cup.

The Westmount, Que., native has lost 14 of her past 17 matches, including a first-round loss in Toronto to eventual Rogers Cup champion Belinda Bencic.

She lost in the first round of the Connecticut Open on Monday, 6-0, 6-1 to Italy's Roberta Vinci.

Bouchard will face American Alison Riske in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press