Photo: Nathan Denette, The canadian Press
Bianca Andreescu, 18 years old, is training in Montreal, with coach Sylvain Bruneau.
Nicu and Maria Andreescu were recently sitting in a meeting room at the headquarters of Tennis Canada, to Toronto, when a wave of people from the tennis courts came to express good wishes.
The president and chief executive officer of Tennis Canada, Michael Downey, came over to talk with them for more than an hour. The staff of the training centre, which is nearby, is also passed to say good words.
Bianca, the daughter of Nicu and Maria, if y is driven to its first years in tennis. She returned home after a month in which it flourished, the girl was in the next room, trying to manage a long list of interviews with the media.
Symbol of success for the family and the federation, Andreescu enhancing a group including Milos Raonic, Denis Shapovalov, Eugenie Bouchard and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
“We can never take all the credit, said Downey. There are many parents and coaches in the portrait, and it is the players themselves who win the matches. We play the role of a facilitator to help these young people to exceed their own expectations. “
The emergence of Raonic and Bouchard, highlighted by the long course in a Grand Slam, in the midst of the years 2010 — has strongly stimulated the interest at all levels, becoming also a source of inspiration.
Attraction of more, potentially, tennis is not plagued with worries of concussion, as it may be the case in hockey and football, and the equipment cost can be reasonable.
The creation of the national training centre for Tennis Canada in Montreal in 2007, and the addition of regional training centres have also been important factors.
“I think that coaches, physiotherapists and psychologists, athletes are very competent,” said Andreescu.
Tennis for the little ones, with rackets, balls, nets and pitches changed, is gaining popularity in the country.
Many of the best players of Canada have family roots international. Andreescu has spent part of his childhood in Romania before moving to Mississauga, Ontario.
Shapovalov was born in Tel Aviv and grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The father of Auger-Aliassime, a native of Montreal, is a native of Togo, while Raonic, who grew up in Thornhill, Ontario, was born in Podgorica, Montenegro.
Raonic, 28 years old, has been a finalist at Wimbledon in 2016. He leads the Canadians by occupying the 14th rank in the world. It was one of the first players to join the national training centre.
Andreescu, 18 years old, is training in Montreal, with coach Sylvain Bruneau. His recent success earned him the 60th level on the WTA tour, she was 152nd at the beginning of the season.
Bouchard, 25 years old, has reached the top 5 in 2014, the year where she made it to the final at Wimbledon. It has struggled in recent seasons, but for some time, a revival has given him the 73rd rank.
At 19 years old, Shapovalov is the highest ranked under 20 years at the ATP, 25th. A year younger, Auger-Aliassime is 58th.
Also, Brayden Schnur of Pickering, Ontario, 106th, Vasek Pospisil, of Vancouver, 114th, and Peter Polansky of Thornhill, 127th.
Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa, is a threat in doubles with two titles in mixed doubles in Grand Slam and eight titles in women’s doubles. It is ranked 15th in the world.
By team, the men qualified for the final of the Cup, and the women have reached the playoffs of the world group in the Fed Cup.
“This is a very exciting time for canadian tennis. We can talk about a golden age, writes Hatem McDadi, vice-president senior of development, Tennis Canada. Never in our country has not been as successful at high levels. “
At Indian Wells, Andreescu will first be measured against Irina-Camelia Begu, 70th, and Bouchard, Kirsten Flipkens, 56th.
Raonic, Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime are the main draw in the men. Polansky started the qualifications on Tuesday, in the face Slovak Lukas Lacko.