April 14, 2024

Open Court



There was faint hope that Bianca Andreescu might finally return in Paris. But on Saturday, she was stricken from the entry list. (Instagram)


The photos, posted on Instagram account a few days ago, certainly offered a little hope that the 2019 US Open champion might resume her career on the clay in Paris in 10 days.

But it turned out to be just another false alarm.

Bianca Andreescu has withdrawn from Roland Garros, as she has from every tournament she tried to play this season.

She joins world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and her US Open successor (and predecessor Naomi Osaka on the sidelines for the final major of the season.

There has been no announcement so far from either Andreescu or her management.

The 20-year-old has now been off the courts since the end of Oct. 2019, when she retired from her second match at the WTA Tour Finals in Shenzhen, China.

“Going to be tight” was too tight

Andreescu’s coach Sylvain Bruneau, in interviews with Canadian media 10 days ago, intimated that this year’s Roland Garros might be “too tight” in terms of her return to play.

Shortly after that, Andreescu pulled out of this week’s tournament in Rome.

And on Saturday, from the French Open.

A year ago, Andreescu had been off the courts since retiring during her fourth-round match at the Miami Open – and managed to return in Paris.

After winning a first-round match against Marie Bouzkova that stretched over two days, she withdrew.

And then, she didn’t play until the Rogers Cup in August – and won it.

After last year’s US Open triumph, Andreescu played one tournament in Beijing. And then the abbreviated effort in Shenzhen. And not since.

Little tennis for nearly two years

It’s astonishing how little tennis she has played over the last two seasons because of injury – first the knee, and then this spring another undisclosed injury that set her back.

She remains at No. 6 in the rankings because her points from Indian Wells, Miami, Toronto and the US Open will remain on her resumé because of the special pandemic ranking arrangements.

When will Andreescu return? Good question


After Roland Garros, there are almost no tournament available for her to even play.

This week, the Kremlin Cup in Moscow was cancelled. All that remains officially on the schedule is the brand-new event in Ostrava, Czech Republic next month.

Also still possible is the Linz WTA event, rescheduled to November or early December. But that has not yet been confirmed.

That the Canadian is missed, for her personality and her tennis, is an understatement.

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