Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu had to stop her US Open match against French tennis player Harmony Tan on Monday, and Nike is responsible for that.
Competing in the first round of women’s singles on the first day, with Nike as the sponsor, Andreescu wore a branded outfit for her match, but began to experience interference with her forehand due to the flowing Nike attire.
Andreescu, 22, at one point went to the chair umpire and pleaded to allow a mid-game change of clothes since the Nike outfit was affecting her game.
“Can’t that count as one of my changes because, I mean, it’s not my fault, it’s Nike’s fault. That dress is so bad,” Andreescu said. This dress is so, so bad… I have to go (change), it’s really bad.”
“It just bothered me on some forehands. I just felt like it was going up a bit. Obviously the wind didn’t help,” Andreescu told reporters, via Reuters.
Footage of his mid-match plea with the chair umpire went viral and Andreescu later apologized to Nike for the very public review for approval.
“But I didn’t want to disrespect what I said to the referee. I was trying to convince him not to remove that toilet break, because I know we only have two. He was very kind to say everything was fine,” Andreescu said.
“I definitely could have used another choice of wording. So I apologize to anyone I’ve disrespected. I love Nike and hope I can be with them for the rest of my life. life !”
She returned with a white Nike outfit after changing her first set of clothes.
Andreescu advanced to the second round after defeating Tan – 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 – and will next face Beatriz Haddad Maia.