Lou Marsh Trophy: Bianca Andreescu chosen athlete of the year in Canada
Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., Became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title, beating Serena Williams of the US in the US Open final.
“Wow! I am so grateful for this honor. I did not expect it and being the first tennis player to win is even more surreal, Andreescu said. None of my successes this year would have been possible without the support of all of Canada. ”
The winner of this Toronto Star honor is selected each year by a panel of sports journalists across the country.
The honor marks an exceptional year for the 19-year-old, who also won the Rogers Cup in Toronto and the prestigious BNP Paribas tournament in Indian Wells, California.
She has pocketed more than $ 6.5 million in bursaries this season and is fifth in the women’s rankings after starting the year in 152nd place.
Other finalists were Brooke Henderson, sprinter Andre De Grasse, Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Soroka and St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington.
“Canadian sports have been at the forefront this year, so there are certainly many other athletes who also deserve some of that honor – we’re all motivated to be better,” said Andreescu. I look forward to seeing what 2020 brings and I am always proud to represent Canada at the highest level. ”
The Lou Marsh Trophy has been awarded annually since 1936 with a three year hiatus during the Second World War.