The physical state of 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu is becoming more and more of a mystery after the Canadian withdrew from yet another major event.
The WTA No. 7 will be joining fellow Grand Slam champions Naomi Osaka and Ash Barty in skipping the French Open, which begin in a week in Paris.
WTA No. 1 Barty has yet to play since the COVID-19 tennis lockdown ended in August, partly because of the difficulty in gaining permission to leave locked-down Australia – although many other fellow players have managed quite comfortably.
Osaka, who won a second US Open title earlier this month, blames fitness for her withdrawal.
But the 20-year-old Andreescu remains a complete unknown, having played her last match on October 30 at the year-end finals in Shenzhen, retiring from her second match there.
Since then, her fitness status has been a giant hole, with various promises to return to the courts all going unfulfilled.
Her Paris pull was preceded by missing this week’s Rome tournament, the only real tuneup for the French Grand Slam. Her injuries – none confirmed – are said to include knee problems.
Her coach dropped a hint about the withdrawal several weeks ago, calling the Roland Garros date “too soon” for her return while not specifying her exact physical problems(s).