Canada is all about young tennis champion Bianca Andreescu right now. The 19-year-old made history on Saturday becoming the first Canadian to win the U.S. Open, and she is swiping up all kinds of honours. From a custom WWE belt to a Raptors championship jersey, everyone wants to thank Andreescu for bringing home the win. However, there's one honour in particular that will likely be especially significant.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie told reporters on Sunday that she plans to honour Andreescu by giving her keys to the city. According to CP24, Andreescu could also have a street named after her. The ceremony is still in the early stages of planning as officials attempt to work around Andreescu's busy schedule.
“She’s put Canada back on the international tennis map …and (I’m proud) that a Canadian girl could come so far so fast in her tennis career. It demonstrates an enormous competency in the sport but also a compassion and humility beyond her years,” Crombie said to The Toronto Sun.
Andreescu, who was ranked 152nd in the world back in 2018, rocketed to 5th place after her stunning victory at Flushing Meadows. A monumental achievement, especially when you consider the fact that Andreescu isn’t even in her early 20’s yet. "It's so hard to explain in words, but I'm beyond grateful," said to CBC of her new ranking.
Mississauga isn't the only city who wants to give Andreescu a special honour. Fans are even pushing for a victory parade in the city to celebrate the young star.
Toronto held a championship parade for the Raptors back in June and millions of fans showed up. Now that Canada has had its second major win of the year, it only seems right to give Bianca Andreescu the same honour. Fingers crossed that city officials feel the same!