SPORTS Teenager Andreescu named Canadian athlete of the year

SPORTS

Teenager Andreescu named Canadian athlete of the year

AFP

21:28, December 10, 2019

Bianca Andreescu. (Photo: VCG)

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu added another honor to her glittering year on Monday after becoming the first tennis player to be awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete.

The 19-year-old earns the award after a season which saw her become the first player from Canada to win a Grand Slam singles title with her victory at the US Open, where she defeated Serena Williams in the final.

She also became the first Canadian in 50 years to win the Rogers Cup, also defeating Williams in the final.

"I'm so thankful for this award," Andreescu said. "I was not expecting it and to be the first tennis player to win is even more surreal."

Andreescu was a unanimous choice for the award, which is selected by a poll of 30 sports journalists.

Other nominees for the ­honor included Brooke Henderson (golf), Jordan Binnington (ice hockey), Andre De Grasse (athletics) and Mike Soroka (baseball).

Previous winners of the award include ice hockey legends Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby and Bobby Orr, 1996 Olympic 100-meter gold medallist Donovan Bailey and former Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve.

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