As Bianca Andreescu’s tennis comes back to life in 2021 after 16 months away due to injury – one step forward, one step back has been the pattern –Team Bianca is underdoing a sea change.
In addition to the announcement Tuesday that she and longtime coach Sylvain Bruneau are no longer working together, the 21-year-old Canadian has made a change behind the scenes as well.
Andreescu signed with the Octagon agency in 2017 when she was just starting her career and ranked outside the top 200. She was represented by agent Jonathan Dasnières de Veigy from the first day.
Until last Monday, that is.
Open Court has learned that the behemoth agency IMG has signed Andreescu, and the deal came into effect June 1.
We’re also told that starmaker Max Eisenbud, the longtime manager of Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Madison Keys – and, most recently, Andreescu’s fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov – will handle her affairs.
(We’ve confirmed this news with four sources, although no one from IMG has gotten back to us as yet).
Andreescu no longer is listed on Octagon’s roster of clients. Although her now-former agent’s name still appears on her Twitter bio.
Dasnières de Veigy was on hand to support Andreescu when she played her first-round match at Roland Garros – on May 31. As it turns out, that was the last day of their association.
Has to be a tough blow for him.