2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu will be taking a mental break from tennis and will not be competing early next season, including the Australian Open. On Monday, she said on her social media that she wanted to “return to where she is, recover and grow” after two “difficult” years, during which she contracted COVID-19 in particular.
The 21-year-old Canadian girl wrote in a tweet on Twitter that she has been mentally and physically affected by “several weeks of quarantine in isolation” and that her grandmother’s several weeks’ stay in the intensive care unit was “hospital due to coronavirus.” “It really affected her.”
“Several days I didn’t feel like myself, especially when I was training and/or playing games. I felt like I was carrying the world on my shoulders. I couldn’t isolate myself from everything that was happening off the field. I felt the sadness and the noise around me and it weighed on me,” Andreescu said.
Andreescu joins other professional athletes who have pointed to the need to take time away from competition for mental rejuvenation, including four-time champion and former number one tennis player Naomi Osaka. Osaka saw a hiatus after retiring from Roland Garros in May, then losing it at the US Open in September, not playing the rest of the season.
Andreescu was just 19 when she capped an impressive season by defeating her idol, Serena Williams, in the US Open final two years ago. Shortly thereafter, Andreescu climbed to fourth place in the WTA rankings.
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