US Open winner to miss Australian Open
Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion, will take a mental break from tennis and sit out the start of next season, including the Australian Open, saying Monday she wants to “re-set, recover, and grow” after a “challenging” two years that included getting COVID-19.
The 21-year-old from Canada wrote in a posting on Twitter that she was affected mentally and physically by “multiple weeks in isolation quarantining” and that her grandmother's stay for several weeks in a hospital's intensive care unit because of the coronavirus “really hit me hard.”
“A lot of days, I did not feel like myself, especially while I was training and/or playing matches. I felt like I was carrying the world on my shoulders,” Andreescu said.
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“I could not detach myself from everything that was going on off the court; was feeling the collective sadness and turmoil around and it took its toll on me.”https://twitter.com/Bandreescu_/status/1467902871442239499
Andreescu joins other professional athletes who have cited the need for time away from competition to gather themselves mentally -including, for example, Naomi Osaka, a four-time major title winner and former number one-ranked player in tennis.
Osaka took a break after pulling out of the French Open in May and again after her loss at the U.S. Open in September, sitting out the remainder of the season.
Andreescu was 19 when she capped a breakthrough season by upsetting her idol, Serena Williams, in the US Open final two years ago.
Soon after, Andreescu rose to a career-best No. 4 in the WTA rankings.
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