Bianca Andreescu wore Nike to the US Open before apologizing

Former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu apologized to her sponsor Nike for an on-court outburst after her choice of wardrobe for Monday’s first-round match put her on fire of annoyance amid windy conditions.

Andreescu was out on the grandstand court to play Harmony Tan, but the winds in the open arena kept blowing her skirt and affecting her shots, forcing the 22-year-old to approach the umpire from the chair and ask for an extra bathroom break to change.

“Won’t that count as one of my changes?” I mean it’s not my fault, it’s Nike’s fault,” he told the referee.

“This dress is so, so bad… I have to go (change), this is so bad.”

Andreescu came back in a white T-shirt and Nike skirt to defeat Tan 6-0 3-6 6-1.

“It just bothered me on some fronts. I just felt it was getting a little bit closer. Obviously the wind didn’t help,” he told reporters.

“But I didn’t want to be disrespectful with what I said to the ref. I was trying to get him not to take that bathroom break because I know we only have two. It was really nice to say I was totally fine.

“Definitely could have used a different wording option. So I apologize to anyone I disrespected. I love Nike and hope to be with them for the rest of my life!”

Andreescu will next play Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round.

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