Bianca Andreescu gives Nike a dressing down at US Open before issuing apology (VIDEO)
The 19-year-old was dropped from the tour of the United States following her actions at the US Open.
In a Facebook post, Andreescu apologised, writing: “I apologise for my behaviour at the US Open, I do not have the greatest character. I’m sure this won’t change.”
The New Zealander, who is currently ranked seventh, added: “It was totally wrong for me to be so vulgar to the tennis gods. I can only apologise for being an idiot. I just made a mistake. I hope that if I have made you feel uncomfortable that I hope you will forgive me. I really do love this sport, but I have made a mistake.”
It was the first time Andreescu had played at the US Open since April, when she fell ill after a morning session on the grass and had to pull out. She returned to action in May and will be available for the rest of the tournament, which is taking place at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York from July 6-12.
But Andreescu’s behaviour at the US Open, where she was dropped after being arrested in the first round, saw her removed from the tour for the remainder of the year.
Andreescu’s agent, Jonathan Bade, wrote on his Twitter feed last week: “The US Open is a great tournament to play at, so it was difficult to make a decision on Bianca. We still love her and hope she can play again soon.”
The US Open tournament has been beset with controversy this year, with athletes such as Serena Williams withdrawing from the event after being arrested on charges relating to the incident in which her boyfriend Bryan Batton was arrested on disorderly conduct charges.
Andreescu was asked to leave the tournament after she was arrested for public intoxication after getting into a physical altercation with a security guard at the US Open on the morning of July 6.
After being arrested, Andreescu was reportedly escorted off court by a bailiff.
Andreescu was then removed by tournament organisers just prior to the start of a practice session following the incident.