Bianca Andreescu taking mental break from tennis, will miss 2022 Australian Open

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Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu, who won the United States Open in 2019, revealed Monday that she’s taking a psychological break from the sport. Andreescu prepares to remain the start of next season, consisting of the Australian Open in January.

Andreescu mentioned that she wishes to “reset, recover, and grow” after contracting COVID-19 in April 2021. The 21-year old included that she’s been impacted psychologically and physically due to needing to quarantine as an outcome of COVID-19.

“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 stated. “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.”

Back in 2019, Andreescu beat Serena Williams in the United States Open last and increased to No. 4 in the WTA rankings. However, in October 2019, Andreescu tore the meniscus in her left knee and was required to step far from the court for more than a year.

Andreescu did return at the 2021 Australian Open, however lost in the 2nd round. In addition, the 21-year old reached the 4th round of the United States Open prior to being up to Maria Sakkari. She likewise lost in the opening round in both the French Open and Wimbledon.

“I want to give myself extra time to re-set, recover, and grow from this (as cliché as that sounds) and continue to inspire by doing charity work, giving back and working on myself because I know by doing this, I will come back stronger than ever,” Andreescu composed. “I will therefore not start my season in Australia this year, but will take some additional time to reflect, train, and be ready for the upcoming 2022 tennis season.”

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