Bianca Andreescu earns Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year

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Bianca Andreescu earns Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year

Established in 1936, the Lou Marsh Trophy stands as the ultimate honor for the Canadian athletes. Carried by a panel of 30 sports journalists, the award is in the hands of a tennis player for the first time, with the 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu beating all the "rivals" to earn the honor, something that was expected before the voting started.

Starting the season from outside the top-150, Bianca embraced a roller coaster run that propelled her inside the top-5 after winning three big titles at Indian Wells, Toronto and the US Open. To make the story even more impressive, Bianca was forced to miss almost all the tournaments between Miami and Toronto, playing one match on clay and staying away from the entire grass swing due to a shoulder injury that forced her to start all over at home in Toronto.

Eager to find the winning form again, Andreescu lifted trophies at home in Toronto and in New York, becoming the first teenager with a Major crown since 2006 and cracking the top-4 in October. To avoid further injuries and stay fresh ahead of the new season, Andreescu had decided to enter only two events after the US Open, losing in the quarter-final in Beijing to Naomi Osaka and withdrawing from the WTA Finals after suffering a left knee injury against Karolina Pliskova in the first set.

It was the worst possible way to close the season, especially after that nasty shoulder injury that had previously sidelined her for months, but the youngster is ready to hit the court again at the ASB Classic in the second week of January and chase the second Major crown at the Australian Open.

"Wow, I'm so thankful for this award. I was not expecting it and to be the first tennis player to win is even more surreal," said Bianca Andreescu. "None of my success this year would have been possible without the support from all of Canada.

Canadian sports crushed it this year so there are definitely many other athletes who deserve a piece of this award as well – we all motivate each other to be better. I can't wait for what 2020 will bring and am always proud to represent Canada at the highest level."