Canada has recently emerged as a force in tennis. The country has been producing some talented young players over the last few years. Tennis Canada, the professional body in charge of the game in the country has prioritized the development of talent at a young age. The body recently held a campaign to raise funds for the development and nurturing of the next generation of tennis players in the country.
Donation for future champions
The campaign dubbed “What It Takes” began in June. The aim was to raise funds for future generations of tennis champions. Bianca Andreescu and Felix Auger Aliassime pledged to donate $50,000 dollars each to the cause. The two said they were proud to support Tennis Canada’s effort of developing young talent in the country. The 2019 US Open winner, who has been through the Tennis Canada system acknowledged the role the body had played in nurturing her career. She said she would not have achieved success in her tennis career without support from the organization. The 19-year-old was happy to give back to the tennis body.
Bianca Andreescu’s Romanian origins
Through the efforts of Tennis Canada, the country has produced some promising young players. In addition to Andreescu and Felix, the country also has another highly regarded talent in Denis Shapovalov. The young players also have some immigrant roots. Bianca’s parents moved from Romania to Canada before she was born.
Felix’s father, Sam Aliassime, is from Togo while his mother, Marie Auger, is a French Canadian. Shapovalov was born in Israel but his parents later moved to Canada. Tennis Canada has been involved in the development of the players and has provided the infrastructure necessary for them to succeed.
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Samedi dernier avait lieu un grand événement pour ma famille et la famille du tennis au Québec. Grâce à votre générosité, nous avons pu toucher la vie de plusieurs jeunes dans la région et en inspirer plusieurs autres. Je remercie du fond de mon cœur tout ceux et celles qui étaient parmi nous pour cet événement. J’étais extrêmement touché. C’est le début d’une belle aventure 😁🙏🏽 À la prochaine … Last Saturday took place an important event for the kids of my region at my dads academy in Quebec City. Because of everyone’s generosity, we were able to raise just over 50k to help the next generation in achieving their dreams. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. It means everything 🙏🏽
Bianca’s US Open title and beating Serena Williams
Those efforts have borne fruits on the international tennis stage. Andreescu became the first Canadian Grand Slam champion this year after winning the US Open. She defeated Serena Williams in the final. The 19-year-old will also make her debut at this year’s WTA Finals in Shenzhen later this month. Felix and Shapovalov have also achieved some success this season. The two reached the semifinals of the Miami Open this year. A potential all Canadian final was not to be as Roger Federer defeated Shapovalov while Felix lost to John Isner.
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.4 (career-high), the Canadian played her last match on the 4th of October when she had to bow to Naomi Osaka 5-7 6-3 6-4 in the quarter in Beijing.
This year the Canadian has a 46-5 win-loss record. Bianca Vanessa clinched 4 titles in 2019 in the Newport Beach, in Indian Wells, in Toronto and at the U.S. Open. Bianca Vanessa was the finalist in Auckland.
Felix Auger Aliassime’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.18, Felix played his last match on the 9th of October when he had to bow to Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-63 7-63 in the 2nd round in Shanghai.
Felix Auger Aliassime’s best performance of the current year was getting to the final in Stuttgart, Lyon and Rio de Janeiro.