Bianca Andreescu Suffers a Major Setback Ahead of Australian Open 2021

Published 01/16/2021, 2:23 PM EST
Bianca Andreescu of Canada serves in the Women’s Singles group match against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on Day four of the 2019 WTA Finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on October 30, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)


Many players and even some of their coaching staff have tested positive for COVID-19 right before the start of the Australian Open 2021. The latest to join the list is Sylvain Bruneau, the coach of the US Open 2019 winner Bianca Andreescu.

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The coach tested positive after arriving in Melbourne from Abu Dhabi. In a letter, he mentioned that he followed all the protocols and was perfectly alright when he boarded the plane.

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“I am deeply sorry to share that I have just tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival here in Melbourne, after traveling from Abu Dhabi on flight EY8004. I have followed all of the safety protocols and procedures, including testing negative within 72 hours before the flight departure, and felt perfectly fine when I boarded the plane,” wrote the coach.

The coach also revealed that he had absolutely no idea of how he caught the viral disease.

“I also respected and followed all COVID protocols and guidelines while in the Middle East. I have no idea how I might have contracted this virus,” added Bruneau.

“Sorry for the consequences now on everyone’s shoulders”: Coach of Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu of Canada plays Angelique Kerber of Germany during the women’s final of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Sylvain Bruneau also apologized to the ones sharing his flight, stating that he was completely unaware of the matter. The coach also updated the status of the rest of the team and assured followers that all the others were negative.

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“I am extremely saddened and sorry for the consequences now on everyone’s shoulders sharing my flight. The rest of my team is negative and I sincerely hope that any further disruption is kept to a minimum,” concluded the coach.

Bianca Andreescu will certainly hope that Bruneau recovers soon so that she’ll get to train with him again. The 20-year-old Canadian player is making a comeback after almost 15 months at the upcoming Australian Open 2021. Will she be able to lift her second Grand Slam title in Melbourne this year?

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