Tennis - Kris Santoso, the Director of International Programs with the Vancouver International Tennis Academy, says that he expects many more young people to start playing tennis following Bianca Andreescu's historic win over Serena Williams in the US Open final on Saturday.
Santoso says Andreescu's win following the success of men's singles player Vasek Pospisil is great for the sport in Canada. Speaking to CitiNews, Santoso says, “We’re just going to get busier and busier.
You can really see the demand of people wanting to start playing tennis. Now with Bianca, we really see the grassroots coming, just a lot of kids, so much so that we don’t even have enough time. Hopefully, they will take notice with the success of tennis, and as it grows I think the funding should probably Santoso himself competed at the US Open junior event and was coached by Sylvian Bruneau, the current coach of Andreescu.
He also hopes that the success of the Canadian teenager will help direct more money towards tennis development in Canada, which has been coming down since the 1990s. Andreescu made history on Saturday by becoming the first player to win the US Open on her debut as she beat 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in the final.
She also became the first Canadian player to win a Grand Slam singles title. She will also become move into the Top 5 of the world rankings on Monday.