Andreescu staying positive in coronavirus lockdown

andrewhendrie in News 05 Apr 2020
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Bianca Andreescu (Photo by Corinne Dubreuil/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Music and meditation – those are among the new hobbies Bianca Andreescu has picked up as she tries to remain as upbeat as possible during COVID-19 lockdown.

“That’s how I stay as grounded as possible, and as positive as I can, because it helps me stay in the present moment,” she said in an interview with CTV News. “And it helps me stay in touch with my mind and whole body.”

The reigning U.S. Open champion hasn’t played since 2019 after missing the start of 2020 due to injury, meaning she’s been on the sidelines for longer than her WTA counterparts.

While Andreescu is trying to stay positive, the Canadian teenager admits it’s been tough self-isolating at home with her parents.

“It’s definitely not easy,” Andreescu said. “I’m an only child so I love socializing with my friends, but now, thanks to Facetime, thanks to technology, we have the luxury to FaceTime and talk to our friends, so that definitely helps.”

Andreescu also called on young people to follow government guidelines, practice social distancing and stay inside in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.

“They have to realize that this virus is spreading very, very quickly, and it’s super heart-breaking to see what’s going on in this world right now,” the 19-year-old said. “They have to know that it can affect everybody, whether they’re rich, they’re poor, it shows us that we are all equal, no matter our background, our religion.

“And the one thing that they can do that will eventually stop this pandemic — not only (young people) but literally everybody — is to stay home as much as possible,” she added.

All tennis has been suspended until at least July 13 after Wimbledon and the entire grass swing was cancelled last week.

Andreescu missed almost all of the clay and grass seasons in 2019 with injury and will be hoping she gets the opportunity to defend her Rogers Cup and U.S. Open titles later in the year.

The Rogers Cup is scheduled to begin on August 10 and the U.S. Open on August 31, but various members of the tennis community fear tennis will be shut down until 2021.

Andreescu is also donating a signed racquet in doing her bit to raise funds for coronavirus relief. Details can be found through the Canadian’s Instagram.