Bianca Andreescu pleaded with an umpire Monday to make an outfit change during her first-round match at the 2022 U.S. Open, voicing how her attire was “so bad” in the blustery conditions.
The 22-year-old Canadian faced France’s Harmony Tan in the opening round on the Grandstand, where the wind gusts appeared to impact her wardrobe and performance, per Reuters. Andreescu then implored the chair umpire as to why she needed to swap her apparel.
“But can this not count as one of my changeovers? I mean it’s not my fault, it’s Nike’s fault,” Andreescu said of her sponsor. “This dress is so, so bad… I need to go, this is really bad.”
Andreescu ultimately got her wish and changed into a white tank top and skirt. A short time after the former world No. 4 defeated Tan, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1, she apologized to Nike during her post-match press conference.
“I meant no disrespect with what I said to the umpire. I was trying to convince him to not take away that washroom break, cause I know we only get two. He was very nice to say it was totally okay,” Andreescu said.
“I could have definitely used a different choice of wording. So I apologize to anyone I disrespected. I love Nike and I hope I can be with them for the rest of my life,” Andreescu said.
Andreescu, the 2019 U.S. Open champ, will battle Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil on Wednesday in the second round.