Bianca Andreescu, a 19-year-old high-level female tennis player from Mississauga, Ontario, was attending the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournament in Shenzhen China, when she was suddenly injured in her match against Karoline Pliskova. Andreescu opened the tournament with a loss against Simona Halep, prior to her injury.
Andreescu was injured when she stretched out her body to return a serve from Pliskova. She quickly received medical attention and got her knee taped. After being taped up and ready to return to the court, she told her coach Bruneau that she “heard a crack” and was unable to bend her knee. Andreescu went on to lose the first set before retiring from the match. After discovering the results of her MRI, she was forced to withdraw from the tournament to prevent further injuries. She declined to go into further detail about what the exam discovered.
Andreescu is familiar with media covering her movement, which leads readers to believe that she does not want her negativity due to her injury on social media displaying her as weak player. She is a committed athlete who is devoted to her game and appearance on social media. Andreescu definitely has a lot of pressure on her shoulders which resolves in reactions like so. She stated to her coach, “I don’t want to stop” as she began to cry on the side lines of the court during her game against Pliskova. Social media has this effect on individuals where they feel as they need to complete something even during difficult/harmful circumstances.
This injury was very hard for Andreescu to deal with as it was her last tournament of the year 2019 and she was extremely eager to play. Coach Bruneau states “she really wanted to be in the top four and do even better. It was kind of a cold shower, that knee injury.” This statement relates to how devoted and determined Andreescu was to playing the game and proving herself to everyone watching this WTA tournament.
Throughout their lives, athletes have heard over and over again of the need to be dedicated, to set goals, to persevere until the goals have been achieved and to be willing to make sacrifices and subjugate other experiences generally associated with “growing up,” all for the sake of their quest to become all they can be in sport (Hughes and Coakley, 1991). Andreescu is demonstrating positive sport deviance and demonstrates implications of over conformity to sport ethics. As a 19-year-old, high-level athlete, Andreescu is ranked the fifth tennis player in the world and is ranked top four on the money list with earnings up to $6.5 million USD.
Injuries were a common theme this year for Andreescu as she suffered a shoulder injury lasting four months of the season. With this upcoming knee injury being an obstacle for her to overcome in the off season, Andreescu and coach Bruneau mapped out a plan for the off-season to lead them to the Australian Opening in January, depending on her rehab involving her knee injury.