Bianca Andreescu gives Nike a dressing down at US Open before issuing apology
Bianca Andreescu: I was wrong
On Monday, Bianca Andreescu said she was wrong.
For an hour and a half before her first singles match at the US Open, Andreescu walked away from the court without speaking to the media. The Australian, who is ranked No. 8, and who lost to the world No. 2 Jelena Jankovic in the second round, had issued a statement that read, in part, “I was wrong and have made a mistake. I deeply apologize.”
The issue wasn’t about tennis, although Andreescu had won her only singles match of the day and was the only player not to lose.
This was about Bianca Andreescu. She had given Nike a dressing down, something she often likes to do when people say things about her. She knows well that sometimes she can’t help it when people say something about her, and sometimes it’s all right, and other times it’s not.
“To be honest, it really doesn’t bother me. I enjoy making people upset, because I think the world is a bigger place than just me. I think it takes away a lot off of me and makes me realize how selfish I am and how terrible everybody else is. I think it’s a good way to really figure out who you’re friends with and who you’re not.”
“As I got older,” she said, “nobody really cares about me any more, so it kinda gives me a break to play with my friends, and it gives them a break to play with me.”
The day after her U.S. Open interview, Andreescu returned to the court for a second match, and she was asked if the incident had affected her.