‘I actually wanted to quit the sport’ – Andreescu opens up on his mindset during injury layoff


As she prepares to return to action at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix this week, Bianca Andreescu has revealed she considered hanging up her racquet during her injury-plagued 2021 season.

The Canadian missed much of the 2020 season due to the pandemic and was plagued with injuries last year. When asked how she managed her free time, the 2019 US Open champion admitted that she wonders about her future in the sport.

“I’m being really honest here, but I actually wanted to quit the sport,” Andreescu told WTA Insider this week in Stuttgart. “It was really bad. I’m kind of privileged to have this opportunity and to do all of this. Now I’m very grateful, more than ever. So I don’t want people to think, ‘Oh, you you’re a little baby, suck it. But it was a two and a half year build up, a lot had happened and I didn’t want to deal with anything anymore.

“So I realized that I really love the sport and want to continue, but not just to win Grand Slams, or do this and that. I want to do something bigger in sport and I want to help contribute to a better world too. I realize that tennis is my path to that.”

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Andreescu will play in his first tournament of the year this week in Stuttgart, having opted to delay the start of his season due to mental health issues.

“I never really felt that I was completely ready [to come back]”, the 21-year-old told reporters at Media Day in Stuttgart. “I’m not sure anyone is ready for anything.

“But I just felt like my free time was enough. I got a little tired and bored of not challenging myself on the pitch. I really missed that fire I had competing and pushing myself So I think that’s when I thought it would be good to start playing again.”


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