Bianca Andreescu schedules WTA Tour return after accepting Stuttgart wildcard
After being injured for multiple months, Bianca Andreescu is set to return to the WTA Tour for the clay-court season after accepting a wildcard to compete at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
2019 US Open champion Andreescu endured a stop-start 2021 season when contracting Covid-19 ruled her out of the Madrid Masters and she struggled to build momentum in the latter half of last season.
As such, the Canadian youngster failed to defend her US Open and Indian Wells Masters titles. She lost to Maria Sakkari in the fourth round of the US Open and Anett Kontaveit in the third round of the Indian Wells Masters, her last competitive appearance.
Andreescu dropped down to 20th in the WTA world rankings. This was then compounded by her decision to miss the start of the 2022 season.
Back in December, Canadian youngster Andreescu shared her reasoning for her absence.
“I want to give myself extra time to reset, recover and grow from this (as cliche as that sounds) and continue to inspire by doing charity work, giving back and working on myself because I know by doing this, I will come back stronger than ever.
“I will therefore not start my season in Australia this year, but will take some additional time to reflect, train and be ready for the upcoming 2022 tennis season,” she explained.
Such an extended absence has now seen her drop to 119th in the WTA world rankings.
After missing the Australian Open, the Qatar Open, and the ‘Sunshine Double’ of the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open, the 21-year-old starlet is set to stage a return for the clay court season.
She will join 19-year-old US Open champion Emma Raducanu, newly-crowned World number one and ‘Sunshine Double’ winner Iga Swiatek and American prospect Coco Gauff in competing at the debut Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.
The German event is famed for being the first European clay-court event and will take place between April 18th and April 24th.
Big news! Our three main draw wildcards have just been announced: local hero @laurasiegemund returns to Stuttgart for the 10th time while Grand Slam champion @Bandreescu_ and Porsche Team Germany member Jule Niemeier will make their first appearance in the Porsche Arena. pic.twitter.com/HvZ52LImNU
— Porsche Tennis (@PorscheTennis) April 7, 2022
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