On February 8, Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu claimed her first win since 2019. All last season, the Canadian tennis player was recovering from an injury.
Andreescu spent two weeks in complete isolation and could not prepare well for the competition because her coach had a coronavirus. Due to such events, Bianca even withdrew from the Grampians Trophy to better prepare for the Australian Open.
So who helps Bianca prepare for the tournaments?
Bianca Andreescu’s current coach is Sylvain Bruneau
Sylvain Bruneau was a teenager when he fell in love with tennis. The trigger? The opening of an indoor club in Repentigny. That’s when I started playing a lot,” he says. I was 15 or 16, which is very late. Martin Laurendeau often trained at the club. He was already one of the best in Canada in his age category and I spent hours watching him hit balls. »
An excellent athlete, Bruneau quickly became a solid player. But he understood that his future lay in teaching tennis. He led youth at his club and adults in a city gym.
Little by little, good players emerged from the Repentigny club: Jocelyn Robichaud, Marie-Ève Pelletier… It didn’t escape Tennis Québec, who gave Bruneau his first chance on the Canadian scene. Tennis Canada then recruited him. Over the years, Bruneau found himself at the head of the Fed Cup national team, which defends the honor of the country in this great international championship.
In early 2018, Bruneau’s career took a new turn. His boss Louis Borfiga asked him to act as Andreescu’s personal coach. I was a little reluctant,” he says. I had a good relationship with all the girls on the team. And I knew that if I coached one player in particular, it might change the dynamic with the others. »
Borfiga, vice-president of elite development at Tennis Canada, explains his decision: “The priority was Bianca. From there, I had to give her everything she needed to achieve her goals. I told Sylvain, “You can’t do everything, so you’re going to leave the Fed Cup.” He was not happy because the Fed Cup was his little baby. But it didn’t take long to convince him.
Bianca Andreescu has crazy talent. But she still had to realize it in order to reach the top of international tennis. And Bruneau is happy to have helped her take this decisive step.
Bianca was not fully aware of all her strengths and her gift for tennis. She needed a little help to discover it.
Together they won the next three tournaments:
Let’s see what victories they achieve this year, 2021.