Bianca Andreescu to defend her U.S. Open title
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Bianca Andreescu has stated that she will participate in this year's U.S. Open amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Canadian won her first major title in New York last September, defeating Serena Williams in the final.

Andreescu outlines reasons for playing in Flushing Meadows

Posting on Twitter, Andreescu began her statement by saying "The U.S. Open will always hold a very special place in my heart. Arthur Ashe (Stadium) is where I won my first Grand Slam title and I treasure so many unforgettable moments at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center."

Andreescu during the 2019 US Open: Photo: Adam Hunger/Associated Press
Andreescu during the 2019 US Open: Photo: Adam Hunger/Associated Press

She spoke of the world as a whole, stating "since then, we've seen sports, and the world as we know it, come to a halt due to the spread of COVID-19. I can't stress enough the health and safety of, not only the players but of all those involved in making tennis happen again this season is and has been of the utmost importance."

The world number six is backing the USTA guidelines and restrictions laid out to hold the tournament. "I have no doubt that the USTA has come up with the best plan to insure our safety as we look to the return of tennis in 2020.

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."

She concluded her statement by assessing that "returning to life as we knew it is no longer an option, but I plan to make the most of the opportunity to get back on court, re-connect with players and friends and hopefully bring tennis back to the millions of fans across the globe safely."