“The toughest decisions I’ve had to make” – Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu opens up on battling mental health issues

Bianca Andreescu stunned everyone with her giant victory over Serena Williams in the final of the 2019 US Open. The Canadian recorded her biggest career victory to claim her first Grand Slam title. In addition, she became the first Canadian player to win a major singles title. Before his success at the US Open, Andreescu had already won the Indian Wells title and the Canadian Open title.

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After the BNP Paribas Open in October last year, the Canadian star decided to take time off from the tour to deal with his mental health issues. Recently, she opened up about making this decision and how it affected her.

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The 21-year-old is in Spain to take part in the Madrid Open. During an interview, she opened up about how she copes with her mental health issues. She mentioned, “It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make in my career. It didn’t happen overnight, like I kind of felt like I was up to this point for maybe about three months. I was going to say two, but maybe even more.

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August 10, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Canada’s Bianca Andreescu reacts after losing a point to Great Britain’s Harriet Dart (not pictured) in the second round at IGA Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports.

In addition, added the Canadian, “I didn’t want to continue to put people close to me through what I was going through. Not just for me but for them too because I love them so much. I just felt like it wasn’t fair, I thought of different scenarios, like, okay, I stop after Indian Wells and then what happens? Am I taking a month off? Will things really change? I do not know.”

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Speaking about the length of his hiatus, Andreescu said: “So I didn’t spend time on it. I just wanted to understand, you know, what’s good for me and what’s not. Luckily, I was able to figure that out in five months. It’s quite long, but at the same time, it’s not. But I think I really used my time wisely. Now, I can’t say that I regret this decision. I think it was one of the best of all time.

Andreescu made a comeback at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix last month, where she lost in the second round. However, she is going strong in Madrid and has reached the third round. In the pre-quarterfinals, she will face the 12th seed, Jessica Pegula of the United States.


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