Thousands attend rally in Mississauga for Bianca Andreescu, street sign unveiled – Global News

Thousands attend rally in Mississauga for Bianca Andreescu, street sign unveiled - Global News
Bianca Andreescu accepts key to Mississauga as hometown celebrates U.S. Open champion
Thousands of people attended a rally for Bianca Andreescu in Mississauga on Sunday where it was announced a street would be named after a Canadian tennis star.

Andreescu unveiled the street sign alongside Mayor Bonnie Crombie before being given an honourary key to the city.

According to a press release from the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeaus schedule for Sept. 15 will see the Prime Minister starting his day with visits to local businesses in Cobourg, Ontario, before arriving at the She The North Rally at 5 p.m. There, he is expected to deliver remarks to the gathered crowd. He will then move on to Markham to deliver remarks and appear with Liberal candidate Alan Ho at the Mid-Autumn Festival.

“It’s not very often you have an opportunity to name a street for a U.S. Open champion, so we’re thinking what about Andreescu Way,” she said.

The city of Mississauga will be celebrating the major accomplishments of its star citizen, 19-year-old tennis champion Bianca Andreescu, today on Sept. 15 with a rally in her honor in Celebration Square. While plenty of people are expected to attend, there will be at least one very special guest. Justin Trudeau is expected to attend the Bianca Andreescu She The North rally.

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Justin Trudeau has already expressed congratulations and admiration for the young tennis star on his Twitter, writing after her victory at the U.S. Open, “Youve made history and made a whole country very proud.”

“We are so proud of you and your achievements, and your big U.S. win, your most graceful and modest approach towards embracing your successes has embodied the values of Mississauga, Ontario and Canada.”

The rain did not stop hundreds of people from attending the rally at Celebration Square to cheer for the 19-year-old champion. Several dignitaries were also present including Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, MPP Lisa Macleod, and Toronto Mayor John Tory.

She The North rally held for Bianca Andreescu in Mississauga

Andreescu thanked the audience, her family, her friends and Tennis Canada for all their support throughout her career.

“Well, this is crazy. This is crazy. I never thought I would have my own parade before, let alone the key to the city and a street named after me,” she said.

“I am truly, truly blessed. What’s happening in Canadian sports this year has been so beautiful to watch and so inspiring.”

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Several dignitaries, including Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Ontario Sport Minister Lisa MacLeod and Toronto Mayor John Tory, paid tribute to the 19-year-old.

Tory presented a proclamation saying Monday would be declared Bianca Andreescu day in the city of Toronto.

“She was somebody that all Canadians would want to represent us as Canadians. She was confident, but not arrogant. She was not timid — she was smart and she was funny.”

The rain did not stop hundreds of people from attending the rally at Celebration Square to cheer for the 19-year-old champion. Several dignitaries were also present including Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, MPP Lisa Macleod, and Toronto Mayor John Tory.

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Andreescu became Canadas first Grand Slam tennis singles champion after beating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on Sept. 7 in New York. She began her career at Ontario Racquet Club on Southdown Road.

Since her historic win, she has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The View and was even congratulated by Drake after calling out the rapper for failing to reach out to her in the immediate aftermath of her win.

Canadian tennis phenomenon Bianca Andreescu was the star of a huge rally in her hometown of Mississauga, Ont., on Sunday.

The U.S. Open champ was joined by Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, among others.

Trudeau praised the 19-year-old'sĀ "grace and composure under extraordinary pressure."

Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu was honoured in an event dubbed as the She The North rally on Sunday afternoon to celebrate her U.S. Open singles title. Hundreds of fans arrived hours in advance and by the time Andreescu hit the stage the crowd was into the thousands.

Then the woman of the moment stepped up to receive the key to the city ā€” and acknowledge a street that has been named after her.

“Since Biancas win, weve been inundated with inquiries from all across the country from all ages and diverse backgrounds,” Tennis Canada chair Jennifer Bishop said. “From large cities and small communities, all wanting to know how and where they can start playing tennis.”

She told the crowd "I'm truly, truly blessed," and "This is only the beginning."

Bianca Andreescus parents Maria Andreescu and Nicu Andreescu watch as Bianca Andreescu of Canada plays Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during their semi-finals womens Singles match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 5, 2019. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

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