By: Ben Browne
That’s what Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu does best.
So, it’s only fitting she closed out a banner season for not only herself, but the sport of tennis itself in Canada by, well, winning.
This win wasn’t of the on-court variety we have become accustomed to seeing Andreescu achieve on a regular basis, though. On December 9, Andreescu was unanimously selected as the 2019 Lou Marsh Award winner as Canada’s Athlete of the Year
Andreescu was the best Canadian person to do sports in 2019.
There were a couple people you could make the case for, but no one came close to having the impact Andreescu had, neither personally, nor in their sport in general.
Andreescu had a breakout campaign in 2019, climbing the WTA rankings, seemingly at will. She was someone many knew had raw talent, but could she prove it and sustain it throughout an entire season? The answer, simply, was yes. After starting the season ranked 152nd in the world, she catapulted all the way up to number five by season’s end. In fact, she got up as high a number four at one point this year, which made her the highest-ranking Canadian women’s tennis player ever.
Andreescu earned three wins in 2019, the first being Indian Wells in March (quantified by many in the tennis community as the season’s unofficial “5th major”), before winning her native tournament, the Rogers’ Cup in August, and, of course, the U.S. Open just weeks later, marking a pair of milestone wins for Andreescu and the sport of tennis. Andreescu’s win at the U.S. Open also helped set a Canadian ratings record for the event.
She was also forced to withdraw from two tournaments due to injury, or she may have risen up the rankings even further.
Andreescu has taken the Canadian tennis community by storm with her play, inspiring many young Canadians – especially girls – to take up the sport. Her impact on the sport of tennis is not at all dissimilar to that of the Raptors championship run on the sport of basketball in Canada.
Andreescu’s success can only mean positive things for the sport moving forward, and she has shown absolutely no signs of slowing down despite battling injuries at various points throughout 2019.
Tweet: All Bianca Andreescu knows how to do is win. She added to her impressive list of accolades on December 9.