Andreescu gives Nike disguise at US Open before apologizing

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August 29, 2022; Flushing, NY, USA; Bianca Andreescu (CAN) hits a forehand against Harmony Tan (FRA) (not pictured) on day one of the 2022 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke – USA TODAY Sports

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NEW YORK, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Former U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu has apologized to sponsor Nike for an outburst on the court after her wardrobe choice for Monday’s first-round match brought it to an awkward place in windy conditions.

Andreescu was on the grandstand pitch to perform Harmony Tan, but the winds from the open arena kept billowing her skirt and affecting her shots, forcing the 22-year-old to approach the chair umpire and asking for an extra break in the bathroom to change.

“Won’t that count as one of my changes? I mean it’s not my fault, it’s Nike’s fault,” she told the referee.

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“This dress is so, so bad…I have to go (change), it’s really bad.”

Andreescu came back wearing a white Nike tank top and skirt to eventually beat Tan 6-0 3-6 6-1.

“It just bothered me on some forehands. I just felt like it was going up a bit. Obviously the wind didn’t help,” she told reporters.

“But I didn’t want to disrespect what I said to the referee. I was trying to convince him not to remove that toilet break because I know we only have two. He was very nice to say that everything was fine.

“I definitely could have used another choice of wording. So I apologize to anyone I’ve disrespected. I love Nike and hope I can be with them for the rest of my life. life !”

Andreescu will next face Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round.

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Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; edited by Pritha Sarkar

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