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In this Aug, 27, 2019, file photo, Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, returns a shot to Katie Volynets, of the United States, during the first round of the US Open tennis tournament in New York.

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Canada’s Bianca Andreescu will not play at this year’s French Open.

Andreescu’s agent confirmed Saturday to The Canadian Press that the 2019 U.S. Open champion would not play in the third Grand Slam of the season, extending her absence from competitive tennis to nearly a calendar year.

The 20-year old from Mississauga, Ont., hasn’t played a competitive match since suffering a knee injury last October at the WTA Finals in China.

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She also skipped the U.S. Open this month in New York, calling it a “difficult” decision.

Andreescu said she needed more time to focus on her match fitness when announcing her withdrawal from the U.S. Open, and added that some “unforeseen challenges,” including the COVID-19 pandemic, had kept her from preparing and competing at the highest level.

Andreescu won the 2019 U.S. Open over Serena Williams, becoming the first Canadian to win a singles Grand Slam.

The clay-court French Open, usually held in the spring, was postponed by four months due to the global pandemic.

Leylah Annie Fernandez of Laval, Que., and Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., are slated to represent Canada in women’s singles at the tournament. Bouchard received a wild-card into the event.

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime and Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil are Canada’s players on the men’s side.

The qualifying draw begins Monday at Roland Garros with the main draw beginning Sept. 27 through Oct. 11.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2020.

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