She the North rally for Bianca Andreescu takes over Mississauga – CTV News

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Bianca Andreescu accepts key to Mississauga as hometown celebrates U.S. Open champion
A little rain could not keep people from gathering in Mississauga on Sunday to celebrate hometown hero and U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu.

Occasionally breaking out into She the North chants, tens of thousands of people from across the GTA attended the rally at Celebration Square.

Thousands of fans show up to celebrate Bianca Andreescus US Open title

This is crazy, Andreescu said as she looked out onto the packed crowd. "I never thought I would have my own parade.

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.

Tennis star and US Open winner Bianca Andreescu holds up a Canadian flag at a rally for her in Mississauga, Ont., Sunday, Sept.15, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The 19-year-old became the first ever Canadian Grand Slam singles champion with her win over tennis legend Serena Williams on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the U.S. Open.

“Im a proud Canadian and proud to represent this country all around the world and very humbled to celebrate this moment with you,” Andreescu said. “If I can do it, if Serena (Williams) can do it, if Roger (Federer) can do it, if the Raptors can do it, so can you.”

Several notable names joined in on the celebrations for the Mississauga teen including federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

The future of tennis in Canada is bright. What started back in 2011 when Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., began his ascent up the ATP tennis rankings, Canada is now blessed with other young tennis stars like Felix Auger-Alliasime and Denis Shapovalov.

She the North: Thousands come out to celebrate Bianca Andreescu at Mississauga rally

She is an inspiration to all Canadians old and young, he said. But to be honest, especially to young Canadians because she showed that young people can do anything.

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.

She the North: Mississauga celebrates U.S. Open champ Bianca Andreescus historic win

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is seen on stage with Bianca Andreescu as she takes part in the SheTheNorth rally after winning the US Open, in Mississauga, Ont., on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

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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Toronto Mayor John Tory was also in attendance and marked the occasion by proclaiming Sept, 16 Bianca Andreescu Day in Toronto.

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.”

Bianca you are our hometown girl, but you are Canadas champion and we are so proud of you, Crombie said, before handing Andreescu the key to the city.

The ridings in southern Ontario are key to a federal electoral victory. A number of narrow victories in 2015 for both Liberals and the Conservatives have both political parties eyeing opportunities to flip those in their favour this time around. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is also targeting some of these ridings as potential ground to pick up new NDP seats.

Andreescu, who trained at Mississaugas Ontario Racquet Club, was then presented with her own street sign, though the streets location has not been confirmed.

Bianca Andreescu is seen here with Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie under the Andreescu Way sign. (City of Mississauga)

Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson, who was also in Cobourg to meet Trudeau, said the riding has gone both Conservative and Liberal in the past. Ultimately, the race will come down to local issues that affect smaller communities, including economic issues such as ongoing demand for more skilled workers and a housing shortages, he said.

Following her historic upset in New York, Andreescu appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The View and Good Morning America.

Video: She The North event held in honour of Bianca Andreescu in Mississauga

She received congratulatory messages from Shania Twain, Steve Nash and the Prime Minister. Even Drake sent Andreescu a message, but not until after she called him out on live TV for not doing so.

He was up for just a couple of minutes, hitting the tennis stars rally in the western suburb of Toronto. He was cheered by the thousands of Andreescu fans when he took the stage outside Mississauga city hall, although there were a few audible jeers from the crowd as well.

The Toronto rapper doubled down on the congratulations today, gifting the tennis star with a care package filled with gear from his clothing brand Octobers Very Own (OVO), which she received at the rally.

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

At a press conference Wednesday, Andreescu said she was excited to be a role model for young Canadians and the Chair of Tennis Canada confirmed that aspiring tennis players are already picking up their rackets.

“Im really glad I never gave up because I wouldnt be standing here with everyone,” Andreescu said. “If I can do it, if Serena can do it, if Roger (Federer) can do it, if the Raptors can do it, so can you.”

Since Biancas win, we have been inundated with inquiries across the country all wanting to know more about how and where they can start playing tennis, Jennifer Bishop said.

“She is an inspiration to all Canadians old and young, but to be honest, especially an inspiration to young Canadians because she showed that young people can do anything,” Trudeau said.

Justin Trudeau to Attend She the North Rally for Bianca Andreescu in Mississauga

Whats happening in Canadian sport this year has been so beautiful to watch and was so inspiring, Andreescu said as she addressed the crowd a final time.

Mississauga – Bianca Andreescu, who beat Serena Williams in the US Open final to become Canadas first Grand Slam singles champion, was honoured with a rally in her hometown on Sunday.

A little rain could not keep thousands of people from gathering in Mississauga on Sunday to celebrate hometown hero and U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu.

Her rise has been another source of pride for Canadian sports fans, who saw the Toronto Raptors claim the NBA championship in June.

Some fans showed up to Celebration Square in downtown Mississauga, Ont., as early as 10 a.m. ET to see their hometown hero.

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Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu was honoured in an event dubbed as the #SheTheNorth 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.

"I enrolled my kids into tennis this past year, and they really wanted to see her today," said Ajay, a father of two girls ages six and nine from nearby Caledon, Ont.

The 19-year-old Andreescu was presented a key to the city by Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, who also unveiled an "Andreescu Way" street sign. The permanent location of the street has yet to be determined.

"Your graceful and most modest approach to embracing your success has embodied both Mississauga, Ontario and Canada," Crombie said.

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.

Video: Andreescu takes centre stage at rally in her honour

Among the estimated 10,000 people on hand to celebrate Andreescu's unprecedented run to the U.S. Open Women's Singles Championship was a group of fans waving Romanian flags.

Born in Mississauga, Andreescu learned to play tennis at the age of seven after her family had moved back to Romania. She returned to Mississauga a few years later and joined the Ontario Racquet Club.

Sixteen-year-old Melodie Collard was just a few courts away on Sept. 5 as 19-year-old tennis champ Bianca Andreescu aced her way into the finals of the U.S. Open. Over on Court 11 that day, Collard and doubles partner Hong Yi Cody Wong defeated an American duo to advance to the semi-finals in the Junior Grand Slam tournament.

"I'm a proud Canadian and proud to represent this country all around the world and very humbled to celebrate this moment with you," Andreescu said. "If I can do it, if Serena [Williams] can do it, if Roger [Federer] can do it, if the Raptors can do it, so can you."

That was as far as Collard would go in the U.S. Open, but Andreescu has a few years on the Gatineau teen. Born in 2003, the 16 year old hasnt qualified for the womens tournament yet. But it wasnt long ago that Andreescu played at the same level. Collard, who also competed in singles, finds that fact motivating.

Diversity and youth were defined themes of the rally. Many on hand were tennis fans, and others were casual sports fans who also packed the square back in June when the Toronto Raptors won the NBA Championship.

"I think what she's done for the country is great," said Cindy, a 16-year-old sports fan who wore a custom-made #SheTheNorth hat.

Dignitaries from across Canada were present for the hour-long event including Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Toronto Mayor John Tory.

The meteoric rise of her fellow Canadian from little known Ontario teen to a sports star who gets DMs from rapper Drake has made Collard think about her own potential.

"She's an inspiration to all Canadians old and young," Trudeau said. "But to be honest, especially an inspiration to young Canadians because she showed that young people can do anything."

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is joined by Liberal candidate Kim Rudd as he makes a whistle stop in Cobourg, Ont., on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Andreescu became the first Canadian to ever with a major singles tennis event last week when she defeated Serena Williams in straight sets at Flushing Meadows.

The victory has made her an international star, appearing on U.S. television shows as a Canadian representative.

Trudeau will also attend a celebration rally in Mississauga, Ont., for Bianca Andreescu, who won the 2019 U.S. tennis open womens singles final earlier this month.

"It's one thing to win a major sports championship, this may be the single biggest sports achievement in Canadian history, it's another thing how you do it," Tory said. "It's about how she handled the win. She did us so proud as Canadians."

Rudd won the seat for Liberals in 2015 by less than 2,000 votes — one of several tight races in the a region that all parties consider key to victory.

A sport that was already growing in popularity, Andreescu's victory has only pushed the interest of youths wanting to take up tennis.

Philpott was turfed from the Liberal caucus in April alongside former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould in the wake of SNC-Lavalin controversy.

"Since Bianca's win, we've 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."

Tennis Canada is hoping the boost from Andreescu's win will help attract more funding for indoor tennis courts to be built around the country.

The future of tennis in Canada is bright. Starting back in 2011 when Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., began his ascent up the ATP tennis rankings, Canada is now blessed with other young tennis stars like Felix Auger-Alliasime and Denis Shapovalov.

Andreescu's parents, Nicu and Maria, are from Romania. Raonic was born in Montenegro. Auger-Alliasime's father, Sam, was born in Togo and Shapovalov was born in Israel.

"Nicu, Maria, thank you for all those years ago choosing Canada to start and launch your family," Trudeau said. "Because in this country, anything is possible and you and many Mississaugans have proven it."

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