Former world No. 4 Bianca Andreescu said she got to the point where it was really difficult for her to enjoy tennis and that was one of the reasons why she decided to take a break to address her mental health.
In December, Andreescu announced her withdrawal from the Australian Open as she took an indefinite break to work on her mental health and well-being.
This past April, Andreescu took a wildcard into Stuttgart and there she kicked off her 2022 season.
“I’d gone through so much chaos that it had become difficult to really listen to myself and enjoy my sport. I thought that I was dealing with it in the best way that I could, but I ended up finding out that I had to go through that moment to really know how to truly deal with things, how to truly deal with adversity. I felt that if I continued, I wouldn’t be able really find that,” Andreescu told The Star.
Andreescu is enjoying the game once again
Taking a break from tennis turned out to be exactly what Andreescu needed as that helped the 21-year-old realize that she indeed loves the game.
“Being away from the sport made me realize that I truly loved it. And working on myself more than I ever have was super important in that process, because I learned how to love myself in a better way. I felt that I was basing my self-worth at times on my results and when I wouldn’t have that, it wasn’t good. But now that I have that basis, I have the time to process this is how it’s going to be, this is how I want to run my life. It’s really changed a lot. I’m just enjoying everything, really enjoying the process, all the hours in the gym and I’m super committed,” Andreescu added.
Andreescu went 7-4 during the clay season as she is now set to kick off her grass season in Berlin.