Australian Open

Australian Open: Bianca Andreescu has announced that she will not participate in the next month’s Australian Open as she recovers from being impacted by the covid-19 virus for two years.

Former Canada’s US Open champion Bianca Andreescu announced that she would not participate in the next month’s Australian Open as she heals from two seasons interrupted by the Covid-19 virus. 

The 21-year-old world number 46, who has missed several events this season due to being diagnosed with coronavirus in April, stated that she plans to take time off of Melbourne for a chance to replenish.

“This year in particular, I spent multiple weeks in isolation quarantining, which affected me greatly – both mentally and physically,” Andreescu made the statement on Twitter.

“In the meantime, my grandmother had to spend many weeks in the ICU due to COVID disease, which hurt me.

“A majority of the time, I felt less at ease, mainly when I was playing or training match.

 I felt as if I was carrying the whole World on my shoulders…the all-encompassing sadness and turmoil all around, and it was a burden on me.

“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.”

The lead-up to the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, was dominated by speculation about whether the men’s World No. Novak Djokovic will take part.

This follows a decision made by Australian officials to permit only fully-vaccinated players to enter the country.

The Australian Open went ahead this year, but the players had to remain in quarantine at the hotel, crowds were limited, and an emergency lockdown of five days was declared mid-event.