Bianca Andreescu pleaded to change her outfit during her US Open first-round match against Harmony Tan, seemingly unhappy with the design provided by Nike, and has now had to apologise.
Andreescu rallied to produce a 6-0 3-6 6-1 win over Tan, but she was having problems early on with her dress and looked to change it, hoping it would not count as a bathroom break.
“Can this not count as one of my changeovers because, I mean, it’s not my fault, it’s Nike’s fault. This dress is so bad,” Andreescu appealed to the umpire.
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After she did get approval, Andreescu headed straight for the locker room.
The 2019 US Open champion added: “OK, I need to go. This is really bad.”
Explaining what the issue was in her post-match press conference, Andreescu 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. But, yeah."
When asked if she had to change into another Nike outfit, Andreescu replied: "Oh of course. I have no choice. I'd rather be with Nike for the rest of my life. And, yeah, I definitely apologise with what I said."
Andreescu will face 15th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round, after the Brazilian sailed through with a 6-0 6-0 win over Ana Konjuh of Croatia.
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