Bianca Andreescu's wardrobe gaffe baffles US Open: 'Never seen that'

Bianca Andreescu (pictured right) during her US Open press conference and (pictured left) Andreescu speaking to the chair umpire.
Bianca Andreescu (pictured right) asked the chair umpire to change her outfit after labelling the Nike dress as 'bad' (pictured left in her warm-up at the US Open. (Images: Twitter/US Open)

Canadian Bianca Andreescu sparked confusion after a bizarre outfit request before her first round US Open match.

Andreescu was up against Harmony Tan in the first round but the Canadian became disgruntled after the warm-up due to her Nike outfit.

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The World No.48 approached the chair umpire and asked if she could go change her dress because it was riding up when hitting forehands.

However, the tennis player didn't want the interlude to count as one of her limited bathroom breaks before play got underway.

Andreescu then, bizarrely, put the blame on her sponsor.

“Can this not count as one of my changeovers because, I mean, it’s not my fault, it’s Nike’s fault. This dress is so bad,” Andreescu asked the umpire.

Andreescu got approval, but still took a dig at the dress.

“OK, I need to go. This is really bad," she added.

The 22-year-old returned in a different Nike outfit to kick-start her campaign.

Fans were quick to react to the bizarre outfit change, before a point had been played, in just the first round of the US Open.

Bianca Andreescu explains outfit furore

The outfit changed worked wonders as Andreescu went on to knock out the dangerous Tan 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 to set up a clash with 15th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia.

However, after the match, Andreescu apologised to her sponsor over the furore.

The Canadian clarified why she was so perturbed by the outfit in the first round.

"It was just bothering me on some forehands. I just felt like it was kind of coming up a bit. Obviously the wind didn't help," Andreescu added.

"I meant no disrespect with what I said to the umpire. I was trying to convince him to not take away that washroom break, because I know we only get two. He was very nice to say it was totally okay."

Bianca Andreescu (pictured) serving against Harmony Tan at the US Open.
Bianca Andreescu (pictured) defeated Harmony Tan in the first round of the US Open. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

"I could have definitely used a different choice of wording. So I apologise to anyone I disrespected. I love Nike and I hope I can be with them for the rest of my life. But, yeah."

The 22-year-old went on to praise her sponsor, Nike, following the confusion.

"Oh of course. I have no choice. I'd rather be with Nike for the rest of my life. And, yeah, I definitely apologise with what I said," she added.

Everyone will be interested to see what Andreescu does with her outfit for the second round.

Andreescu rose to superstardom after winning the 2019 US Open against Serena Williams in the final.

with AAP

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