WATCH: Wearing Nike at the National Bank Open, Andreescu reached the third round in preparation for her US Open return.


NEW YORK—Bianca Andreescu walked back comments about the integrity of her dress on court after a 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 win over Harmony Tan, apologizing to sponsor Nike after requesting an emergency change break to address some discomfort with her attire.

“It was just bothering me on some forehands,” she explained after the match. “I just felt like it was kind of coming up a bit. Obviously, the wind didn't help.”

The 2019 US Open champion, unseeded at this year's event, was heard asking if her departure from court following the match’s warm-up would count as an official change break, saying, “It’s not my fault, it’s Nike’s fault. This dress is so bad.”

“I was trying to convince him to not take away that washroom break, because I know we only get two,” she later clarified. “He was very nice to say it was totally okay. I could have definitely used a different choice of wording. So, I apologize to anyone I disrespected. I love Nike and I hope I can be with them for the rest of my life.”

Andreescu, who wore Nike when she captured her maiden major title over Serena Williams in New York, emerged in separates and competed the ensuing match without further sartorial issue, booking a second-round clash with No. 15 seed and National Bank Open runner-up Beatriz Haddad Maia.

“She's playing really, really well,” she said of the in-form Brazilian. “I know I played her but it was back in 2016, I think it was.

“It wasn't an easy match, and I'm sure Wednesday definitely won't be an easy match, as well. She's playing really well. But I'm also playing really well, so I think it's going to be a great matchup.”