By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Tuesday December 7, 2021
Bianca Andreescu will miss the 2022 Australian Open.
The current World No.46 took to social media to explain her reasoning for the decision.
“As you all know, the past two years have been very challenging for me,” she wrote in a Twitter post. “Especially this year in particular, I spent multiple weeks in isolation, quarantining, which affected me greatly – both mentally and physically. In addition my grandmother spent several weeks in the ICU due to a Covid infection, something that 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”
— Bianca (@Bandreescu_) December 6, 2021
Andreescu says she will take some time to focus on herself with plans to begin her season after the Australian swing.
“I want to give myself extra time to reset, 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 wrote. “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.”
Andreescu, a former World No.4, owned a 17-12 record in 2021. She hired coach Sven Groeneveld and reached the second week at the US Open, before losing a dramatic three-setter to eventual semifinalist Maria Sakkari.