Bianca Andreescu, the former world No. 4 and the 2019 US Open women’s singles champion, has stated that she would not compete in the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Andreescu turned to social media to explain why she skipped Australia’s summer swing.
The 21-year-old claims she needs to “reset” and “recover” from a traumatic period in her life, both mentally and physically.
— Bianca (@Bandreescu_) December 6, 2021
“I felt like I was bearing the weight of the world on my shoulders,” Andreescu said, adding that her grandmother spent weeks in the ICU after contracting a Covid infection.
“I couldn’t get my mind off what was going on off the court; I was feeling the collective anguish and chaos around me, and it was taking its toll on me.”
Andreescu won Canada’s first Grand Slam singles title in 2019 in New York, defeating Serena Williams in the final, but she had a string of injuries, beginning with a knee injury at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen that year.
She withdrew from this year’s Tokyo Olympics, citing all of the pandemic’s obstacles as the reason for her choice.
Andreescu has not said when she would return to the WTA Tour. She last competed in October in Indian Wells, when her title defence ended in the third round against Anett Kontaveit.
“I want to give myself extra time to reset, recuperate, and grow from this,” she added. “I want to continue to inspire by doing charity work, giving back, and working on myself because I know that by doing so, I will return stronger than ever.”
“As a result, I will not begin my season in Australia this year, but will instead take some time to ponder, train, and prepare for the forthcoming tennis season in 2022.”
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