Bianca Andreescu shares encouraging updates ahead of Stuttgart return

Bianca Andreescu celebrates in Montreal

Former US Open Champion Bianca Andreescu is set to grace the WTA Tour for the first time in 2022 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

Andreescu hasn’t hit the court on tour since cutting her 2021 season short after the rescheduled Indian Wells Masters in September of last year.

The 2019 Flushing Meadow champion has been granted a wildcard into the WTA indoor clay court event at Stuttgart.

Andreescu will be spared qualifying after being given one of three main draw wildcards.

The other two slots went to German players Laura Siegemund and Jule Niemeie.

Andreescu dropped updates onto her social media this week that suggested she was soon to return before the Stuttgart organizers confirmed the 21-year-old Canadian’s wildcard entry.

On the brink of dropping out of the top 120 players, the former World No 4 has been absent from the game due to what might be termed tour fatigue or a mental health break.

Andreescu felt she needed time to rest, reset and recover and her cheerful if brief social media clips suggest she is ready to go out and enjoy her tennis again.

Her addition to the field bolsters an already impressive field that features 17 of the world’s top 20 women.

World No 1 Iga Swiatek will be returning to action in Stuttgart while the pack nipping at her heels will be out in force.

“Many players raved about this tournament to me. I’m happy to finally be there this time,” Swiatek said.

Barbora Krejčíková, Paula Badosa, Aryna Sabalenka, Maria Sakkari and Anett Kontaveit will all take their places in the draw.

The tournament’s traditional charity drive will support causes in the Ukraine this year, as revealed by tournament organizers.

“The tournament has been a sporting highlight for more than 40 years,” said Sebastian Rudolph, Head of Public Relations at Porsche AG.

“With the traditional charity campaign, we want to assume social responsibility as a company in the long term. We are pleased that we can support charitable organizations in their important work. This year we are focusing on projects that support refugees from Ukraine.”