Mississauga to rename street in honour of tennis champ
City council in Mississauga has voted unanimously in favour of renaming a street in honour of Bianca Andreescu, who recently became the first Canadian to win a major tennis tournament.
Officials are still working out details, like which street will be used, and the official name of the street, Mayor Bonnie Crombie tweeted out the following picture, suggesting it would be called "Andreescu Way." The city is also planning some sort of rally or possibly parade, but says that is now in Bianca's court.
Andreescu won the US Open in straight sets, on the weekend, beating US superstar Serena Williams.
The Canadian 19-year-old, is now ranked 5th in the world.
This all comes as both Mississauga and Toronto talked about holding some sort of celebration for the tennis champ.
It appears Toronto has since backed away, but Mississauga has left the idea of a rally or even a parade with the Andreescu team.
``I've just been seeing everything on social media but damn, if that happens, that would be so crazy,'' said Andreescu, Canada's first Grand Slam tennis singles champion.
``I was not expecting any of this. But I can get used to it. It's been pretty cool.''
Toronto Mayor John Tory has sent a congratulatory letter to Andreescu through her representatives.
``In the letter, the mayor explained that the City of Toronto is pleased to help celebrate her win in any way that she would like,'' said Don Peat, spokesperson for Tory.
``The mayor is aware that Ms. Andreescu has ties to various areas in the GTA and he doesn't want to overstep on any already scheduled celebrations for the U.S. Open champion, but he also recognizes we're all eager to celebrate her as proud Canadians.''
The city lit its Toronto sign in gold to honour Andreescu after her win over Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on Saturday.
Andreescu is not expected to return to tournament play until the Beijing Open starts on Sept. 28.
Andreescu, 19, was born in Mississauga and spent time there and in her parents' birthplace of Romania during her childhood.
The family moved to Vaughan, earlier in the decade to be closer to Tennis Canada's training facility.