Bianca Andreescu gives Nike a dressing down at US Open before issuing apology
As the US Open takes its place on the men’s schedule, we’re going to be taking a slightly different look at the players involved in the competition. This time we turn to the women’s side of the field, where we’ll be looking at two women who are in very different situations – and who will be facing off in this tournament.
We’re referring to Bianca Andreescu, who was hit with a very public dressing-down from Nike after the World No. 4 finished at the US Open with a last-eight finish and second round loss to Naomi Osaka, who had been the defending champion.
The incident happened after the American’s match against Venus Williams, which started with Andreescu dropping in an ill-disciplined match with a double fault.
In an interview with the Boston Globe after the match, Andreescu said they wanted to win, and then went on to apologize for all her actions.
What transpired after that, and what we know now, is fascinating.
This isn’t the first time an athlete has gone to this level to apologize. In fact, this is the fifth year in a row that an athlete has publicly expressed regret. Andreescu didn’t just apologize this time – she made a public about-face and expressed her remorse directly to Nike.
We have a transcript of those comments from Andreescu and her apology here. In it, Andreescu says:
“I feel extremely stupid and embarrassed that I did those things. I am so sorry to all the coaches and fans that were present at the US Open and to my parents and to the U.S. Open to all of my partners who always believed in me and supported me, and to my family and friends who always fought the good fight for me. I will never make like this mistake again.”
That is a huge deal – and a huge admission by Andreescu. She understands that she can’t make a mistake like that again, and she wants her fans to believe that, too.
Andreescu then went on to acknowledge her teammates, saying:
“I just want to say a very special thank-you to my teammates for fighting for me. And