Bianca Andreescu Makes Big Career Move, Signs Up with IMG Ahead of Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/18/2021, 9:38 PM EDT
Apr 3, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada hits a forehand against Ashleigh Barty of Australia (not pictured) in the women’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Struggling on return to the circuit after a year out with injury, Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu has announced a big move to resurrect her career.

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The current World No.7 has moved on from Octagon, her previous sports management firm, and has signed up with IMG in the hope of bringing her career back on the rails.

The decision to link her lot with IMG follows her split with longtime coach Sylvain Bruneau which she announced earlier.

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The 21-year-old Canadian also hired a new trainer this year in a bid to regain lost ground in the women’s game.

Bianca Andreescu has struggled for form on return from yearlong injury break

Forced into extended rehab at the end of a breakthrough year in which she lifted her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open, beating Serena Williams in the final and getting past the champion again, albeit by virtue of a walkover in the Canadian Open final, Andreescu hasn’t had a happy run on return.

Her Grand Slam comeback at the Australian Open was cut short after she was sent packing in the second round by Hsieh Su-wei.

Stung by the defeat, she roared back with a semi-final finish at the Phillip Island Trophy and a run to the final at Miami.

While a niggle forced her to concede the Miami final to Ashleigh Barty, she was so far behind in the game that she would have lost it anyway.

Tennis – WTA 500 – bett1 Open – Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, Berlin, Germany – June 16, 2021 Canada’s Bianca Andreescu in action during her round of 16 match against France’s Alize Cornet REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

She skipped a few events thereafter to rest and recuperate but suffered a fresh injury on her return at Strasbourg.

Andreescu would hope for her luck to turn at Wimbledon

Wary of aggravating her niggle ahead of the French Open, Andreescu conceded her quarter-final tie at Strasbourg.

However, her return at Roland-Garros ended dismally as she lost in the opening round against Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia.

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Keen to get back to winning ways before Wimbledon, Andreescu travelled for the Berlin Grass Court Championships but bowed out in the opening round after losing to Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.

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As she opens her Wimbledon campaign, Andreescu would hope for her luck to turn for the better.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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