Bianca Andreescu apologises for using a prohibited towel during US Open quarter-final match

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Bianca Andreescu has spent her entire adult life at the top of tennis, but has received criticism throughout her career for her sometimes inappropriate and demeaning behaviour towards female opponents.

Andreescu, 25, was caught using a prohibited towel during her quarter-final match against Laura Robson at the 2012 US Open — the first major this year in which a woman was forced to remove a towel to play.

She was also criticised in 2013 for putting a towel over her opponent’s head while she was serving and hitting a forehand to win a first-set tie-break in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

“I’m sorry that I was too aggressive during the match,” Andreescu, who was playing in her 13th grand slam competition, said in a statement.

“I have never liked hitting forehands on the backhand court, and I always thought I made a wrong decision earlier today [during the 2012 US open quarter-final]. I apologise to my opponent, to the sport of tennis, and to all of the fans. I had an action plan before the match and my plan was to win the match, regardless of who was serving.

“No disrespect was meant to the fans. I was upset that I fell short of my goal of winning the match.”

She added: “The whole controversy started when I got off the court a few minutes before the end and the TV monitor showed me putting a towel over my head. I had a plan, but I made a bad decision. I’m sorry for what I put the team through. I will not repeat the mistake in this match.

Andreescu had earlier been accused of using a white towel (Picture: Getty)

“I will not allow myself to be known for using a towel, especially on the backhand court, which is an inappropriate and not clean area. I will do anything to

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