Bizarre moment US Open star says her Nike outfit is so badly designed she CAN’T play in it anymore

Bizarre moment US Open star says her Nike outfit is so badly designed she CANNOT continue playing in it – as she asks the referee to stop her match

  • Tennis star Bianca Andreescu was nervous on the court in her first round match
  • The 2019 US Open winner asked to leave the court and change her outfit
  • Andreescu recovered from the “setback” and won in three sets in the grandstand
  • Later publicly apologized to Nike and hopes to be “with them for the rest of my life”

Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu may have to start looking for a new clothing sponsor following her bizarre meltdown at Tuesday’s US Open.

The 2019 champion needed three sets to beat France’s Harmony Tan in Flushing Meadows, but after their first-round match, all talk was about her “poorly designed” outfit.

The former world No. 4 arrived in the grandstand seat in a navy blue skirt, but as repeated gusts of wind blew her outfit all over the place, she begged the chair umpire to let her go and change.

“It’s not my fault, it’s Nike’s fault, this dress is so bad,” Andreescu, 22, complained.

‘I have to go. Thats so bad.’

Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu may need a new clothing sponsor following her bizarre meltdown at the US Open, which saw her walk off court and remove her Nike apparel

Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu may need a new clothing sponsor following her bizarre meltdown at the US Open, which saw her walk off court and remove her Nike apparel

Returning to the fight in shorts and a white top, Andreescu regained her composure to win in three sets against France's Harmony Tan

Returning to the fight in shorts and a white top, Andreescu regained her composure to win in three sets against France’s Harmony Tan

She returned in shorts and a white top and despite losing the second set, she drove home to secure her place in the second round.

Andreescu later explained that her patience was being severely tested.

“It only bothered me on a few forehands. I just felt it came up a bit. Obviously the wind didn’t help,’ she said.

She later apologized to Nike for “disrespecting” her clothing.

“I definitely could have used a different choice of words,” she said.

“So my apologies to everyone I didn’t respect. I love Nike and hope to be with them for the rest of my life.”

An embarrassed Andreescu later apologized to Nike for not respecting the famous brand

An embarrassed Andreescu later apologized to Nike for not respecting the famous brand

Elsewhere, a number of seeds were sent into the package on the first day of action in New York.

Two-time Grand Slam winner and seventh seed Simona Halep was stunned by unseeded Ukraine’s Daria Snigur, while Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas was beaten in four sets by Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Galan.

In the all-Australia duel, Nick Kyrgios outclassed his close pal Thanasi Kokkinakis in straight sets, describing the matchup as a “nightmare”.

“I thought I played really good sets in the first couple of sets and I got through early… When we both saw the draw it was honestly a nightmare,” Kyrgios said on court after his win.

“We never want to play each other and he (Kokkinakis) probably beats 80 per cent of the draw tonight, he played really well.

“I can’t wait to get out there and play doubles with him on the right side of the net.”

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