Defending women’s US Open champion Bianca Andreescu will not be returning to New York to defend her title. With men’s defending champion Nadal also out of the US Open, the tournament will miss both the men’s and women’s defending champion this year.
After many discussions with those closest to me, I have made the difficult decision not to return to New York this year
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Dear fans, After many discussions with those closest to me, I have made the difficult decision not to return to New York this year. I have taken this step in order to focus on my match fitness and ensure that I return ready to play at my highest level. The US Open victory last year has been the high point of my career thus far and I will miss not being there. However, I realize that the unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level. I want to express my appreciation to the USTA and the WTA for all of their efforts in making the event happen. I look forward to joining my competitors back on court soon. B
Andreescu has been struggling with injuries since her triumph in New York last year. The last time she was on the court was in October 2019.
In 2019, she became the first player in the first woman in the professional era to win the US Open on her debut.