Former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu has been forced to change her outfit mid-match, after wind was repeatedly blowing up her skirt as she tried to compete.
Andreescu was taking on France's Harmony Tan in the first round at this year's tournament at Flushing Meadows when she had the wardrobe mishap. In a bizarre turn of events, the Canadian star approached the match umpire even before the match had started to ask if she should head back to the changing room to switch her outfit. When requesting the break Andreescu was heard saying: “Can this not count as one of my changeovers?”
The 2019 champ then went out to hit out at her sponsor Nike – who provided the outfit – by blaming them for the mishap.
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Andreescu went on: “I mean, it’s not my fault, it’s Nike’s fault. This dress is so bad." Fortunately for the 22-year-old Canadian star her wish was granted, as she added: “Okay, yeah, I need to go. This is so bad,” before making a dart off the court.
Despite the mishap, Andreescu did go on to secure victory as she defeated Tan 6-0 3-6 6-1. She will now take on Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil in the second round, after continuing her impressive run at the Grand Slam.
Following the win though, the Canadian’s attention was still on her wardrobe malfunction after she went on to apologise to her sponsor Nike for the on-court criticism. She said: “It was just bothering me on some forehands. I just felt like it was kind of coming up a bit. Obviously the wind didn't help.
“I meant no disrespect with what I said to the umpire. I was trying to convince him to not take away that washroom break, because I know we only get two. He was very nice to say it was totally okay. I could have definitely used a different choice of wording.
“So I apologise to anyone I disrespected. I love Nike and I hope I can be with them for the rest of my life. I came back with another Nike outfit. I have no choice. I'd rather be with Nike for the rest of my life. And, yeah, I definitely apologise for what I said.”
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