Andreescu volunteered at multiple charities, including one dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence. She also expanded her creative horizons, picked up martial arts, played tons of basketball and got reacquainted with friends and family.
Now the world No.72 is back on tour with a renewed sense of purpose.
“I think I really used my time wisely,” the Canadian said after her return to the tour, earlier this month in Madrid. “I can't say that I regret that decision. I think it was one of the best ever.”
Tennis as a vehicle
Andreescu says her time of reflection gave her a deep sense of appreciation for the platform she has developed as one of the world’s top athletes.
“I did some charity work which kind of brings me back to my main goal, which is to help others,” said the. “I kind of want to just use my platform, which is tennis, to widen that variety. So being in that position really reminded me why I actually play the sport.”
Andreescu’s time as a volunteer at a domestic violence shelter was particularly eye-opening.
“If I go into detail I'm going to cry, because it's like the saddest thing ever,” she said. “There is this one lady who was basically running away from her husband that wanted to kill her, that kind of stuff. It's just absurd things. I can't believe any human being has to go through that.”
With a bolstered perspective, the 21-year-old returns to the tour equipped with a wider lens. She believes it will help her stay grounded in the months and years to come.