Over 10,000 tennis fans, including many Filipinos, converged on Celebration Square in Mississauga, Ontario on Sunday to join the celebration for the 2019 US Open Champion Bianca Andreescu.
TEENAGER WINS US OPEN, TAKES HOME MORE THAN PHP201M
Andreescu became the very first Canadian to win a major tennis singles event when she defeated Serena Williams at the US Open.
The cash prize for winning the US Open was USD3.85 million (approximately PHP201,380,025.00)
The #SheTheNorth rally honoured the 19 year old Canadian tennis star, who defeated Serena Williams to win the US Open singles title.
Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie presented Andreescu with a key to the city, as well a street sign in her name.
BIANCA ANDREESCU – A TRUE IMMIGRANT STORY
During the event, Mayor Crombie said “Your graceful and most modest approach to embracing your success has embodied both Mississauga, Ontario and Canada.”
Crombie also told Andreescu that “your family is like so many others in Mississauga, a true immigrant success story”.
Andreescu’s parents, Nica and Maria, had immigrated to Canada from Romania. She was born in Mississauga, where she learned to play tennis at the Ontario Racquet Club at an early age.
During the rally, Andreescu told the crowd “I’m a proud Canadian, and proud to represent this country all around the world and very humbled to celebrate this moment with you. If I can do it… so can you!”
Politicians from all across Canada were also present, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and City of Toronto Mayor John Tory.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU: YOUNG PEOPLE CAN DO ANYTHING
Trudeau said that “She’s an inspiration to all Canadians… especially… to young Canadians because she showed that young people can do anything.”
Tory agreed, saying that “she did us so proud as Canadians.”
In recent years, tennis has grown in popularity in Canada. With Andreescu’s US Open victory, everyone has suddenly gotten interested in picking up tennis.
Tennis Canada is hoping that Andreescu’s incredible triumph will get more government funding for more public tennis courts across Canada.
Andreescu joins the ranks of Canadian tennis greats, including Milos Raonic, Felix Auger-Alliasime and Denis Shapavalov.
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