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  • Former U.S. Open Champion Bianca Andreescu announced Monday she is taking a mental break from professional tennis.
  • The 21-year-old Canadian said in a statement posted to Twitter that a series of difficulties made the past two years “very challenging.”
  • “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.

Former U.S. Open Champion Bianca Andreescu announced Monday she is taking a mental break from professional tennis to “reset, recover and grow” after being hit hard by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 21-year-old Canadian said in a statement posted to Twitter that a series of difficulties, which included weeks of quarantine and a COVID-19-related hospital stint for her grandmother, made the past two years “very challenging.” 

“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. “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,” Andreescu wrote. 

“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,” she added.


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Andreescu joins other athletes, including fellow tennis star Naomi Osaka, in taking time off from competition to focus on their mental well-being. 

Andreescu emerged into the spotlight when she defeated Serena Williams at the U.S. Open in 2019 and eventually broke into the top five in world tennis rankings before tearing her meniscus, according to The Associated Press (AP)

Williams said at the Australian Open this year that she believes Andreescu has a “bright future” in the sport.

"She’s really young; rather incredibly mature. I’ve always said I think her light burns brightly. She really has a great game to continue to win more Grand Slams," Williams said, according to the AP.


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Published on Dec 06, 2021