Bianca Andreescu will join Serena Williams at the pared-down US Open in August, with the Canadian prepared to accept severe quarantine measures put in place by officials.
Andreescu, who has managed just six matches – all in 2019 – since defeating Williams in last September’s final, will join former opponent in the controversial locked-down major which begins on August 31.
“I have no doubt that the USTA has come up with the best plan to ensure our safety as we look to the return of tennis in 2020,” Andreescu posted to Twitter.
The sixth-ranked player who turned 20 this week stands in contrast to other top contenders including the world No. 1 pair of Novak Djokovic and Australian Ash Barty, who have expressed doubts about competing in a fan-free health bubble at the former US virus flashpoint of New York.
Andreescu has shrugged off drawbacks which include isolation in either the official tournament hotel at JFK airport and the Flushing Meadows site, frequent intrusive COVID-19 testing and no chance to leave the bubble until a tournament loss.
A positive test during the event could leave a player isolated in the US for 14 days.
“The decision, I know was not made lightly and I completely support and understand every player’s personal opinions on the matter and their comfort level traveling near and far to compete on the world’s biggest stage,” the Canadian who has yet to play in 2020 said. .
“Returning to life as we once knew it is no longer an option.
“But, I plan to make the most of the opportunity to get back on the court, re-connect with players and friends and hopefully bring tennis back to the millions of fans across the globe safely.”