Andreescu to skip Australian Open

Canada’s former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu stated on Monday she is not going to participate in subsequent month’s Australian Open as she recovers from two seasons disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 21-year-old world quantity 46, who missed a number of tournaments this season after contracting coronavirus in April, stated she deliberate to make use of her absence from Melbourne as a chance to recharge.

“This 12 months specifically, I spent a number of weeks in isolation quarantining, which affected me significantly – each mentally and bodily,” Andreescu stated in a press release on Twitter.

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“As well as, my grandmother spent a number of weeks within the ICU for a COVID an infection, one thing that basically hit me exhausting.

“Loads of days, I didn’t really feel like myself, particularly whereas I used to be coaching and/or taking part in matches. I felt like I used to be carrying the world on my shoulders…the collective disappointment and turmoil round and it took its toll on me.

“I’ll subsequently not begin my season in Australia this 12 months, however will take some further time to replicate, prepare, and be prepared for the upcoming 2022 tennis season.”

The build-up to the Australian Open, the primary Grand Slam of the season, has been overshadowed by hypothesis over whether or not males’s world quantity Novak Djokovic will participate.

It follows a choice by Australian officers to permit solely fully-vaccinated gamers into the nation.

The Australian Open went forward this 12 months however gamers have been compelled to spend two weeks in lodge quarantine, crowds have been restricted and a five-day snap lockdown was known as mid-event.

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