Where was Bianca Andreescu born?
She was born on 16 June 2000 in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga. The family later moved to Romania, where her parents were from, and stayed for a while before returning to Canada.
When she was seven, Nicu took his daughter to a tennis court in Romania and started hitting with her. And that’s where it all began.
'I just love how no two matches are the same and I`m challenged mentally and physically'
“I was kind of familiar with tennis from watching some legends of the sport play on TV,” she says, “but I’d never had a formal introduction to the sport until that day. I was a very active kid. My parents threw me into a number of different sports and I loved soccer, but tennis was always number one for me. I just love how no two matches are the same and I’m challenged mentally and physically.”
As Downey recollects, Andreescu trained at a private club in Toronto prior to attending camps run by Tennis Canada. “She was on our radar as an early teenager,” said Downey. “I know the coaches saw phenomenal ability with her. And it all started quite frankly with, ‘She’s a very cerebral girl’.”
“I think our coaches say she was very coachable and very trainable at that point in time. If I went back and asked them, ‘Did you think she’d be No 4 in the world when at 19,’ I don’t know what they’d say. But they would have said there’s no doubt she has potential.”