July 25th, 2024

Andreescu to make Olympic debut as part of powerful Canadian tennis team

By The Canadian Press on June 27, 2024.

TORONTO – Bianca Andreescu will continue her comeback at the Paris Games as part of a loaded Canadian tennis team looking for its first Olympic medal in 24 years.

The 2019 U.S. Open champ from Mississauga, Ont., was named to Canada’s Olympic team along with Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Que., Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont.

Andreescu, 23, will make her Olympic debut after injuries forced her to pull out of the Tokyo Games.

She returned to action earlier this year after a layoff of nearly 10 months with a back injury and reached the final of the grass-court Libema Open.

Canada will bring a wealth of international success to Paris. Auger-Aliassime led Canada to a Davis Cup title in 2022, while Fernandez and Dabrowski were part of the Canadian squad that won the Billie Jean King Cup in 2023.

Raonic, the 33-year-old veteran of the team, is appearing in his second Olympics and first since London 2012, where he lost in a marathon second-round match against France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 27, 2024.

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