Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu announced Tuesday that she will not be returning to the court until 2021 as she continues to recover from a knee injury suffered last year.
“I have come to the difficult decision to skip the clay court swing this year and will be taking the remainder of the season off to focus on my health and training,” Andreescu said in a statement. “As hard as it was to come to this conclusion, I have so much to look forward to in 2021, including the Olympics; I want to use this time to focus on my game so I can come back stronger and better than ever.”
— Bianca (@Bandreescu_) September 22, 2020
Andreescu turned heads in 2019 by winning the U.S. Open, Rogers Cup and Indian Wells tournaments. But she was injured while competing in the WTA Finals last October and hasn’t been able to play a competitive match since.
On Saturday, she announced she would not be playing in next week’s French Open after missing the US Open and Australian Open earlier this year. The French Open, normally played in June, is the last significant tournament on the WTA schedule as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to limit the number of events on the calendar.