Bianca Andreescu gives Nike a dressing down at US Open before issuing apology
Bianca Andreescu didn’t hide her frustration after she was ejected from a practice session at the US Open and confronted by the company’s CEO, Mark Parker, for allegedly failing to address her concerns regarding its brand and the product she had worn.
The controversy stemmed from a misunderstanding on Tuesday morning, when the 19-year-old American was playing a practice round against a fellow Australian, and she explained the misunderstanding in a video she recorded herself on her phone.
After Andreescu was informed that she had been docked a point for a breach of rules (and that she would be receiving a code yellow card), she told Parker she felt strongly about the matter.
“I don’t want you to make a joke of me,” she said in the video. “I was in the locker room yesterday and I was playing a match and I got called by the umpire afterwards because he thought I was a child, and I told him: ‘You called me a child? That’s why I said I was a child.’”
She continued: “I’ve never heard that said to a grown woman before. I’ve never had to deal with that. I’ve got nothing bad to say about you.”
She continued: “I’m going to tell you something straight to your face. As a woman, you better have a very good reason for pulling me off the court. You better tell me before I get a code yellow. You better tell me because you’re not a man. What is your reason, and I hope it’s not going to be because you don’t like me.”
“You can leave here now,” she said. “You’re not a man. You’re going to get a code yellow for this.”
After Andreescu was docked her match point because she “violated the rules”, the tennis fan reacted with righteous indignation.
“So, I’m just going to let this play out and let everyone else decide if this is a joke or not,” she said in the video. �