The director of the Omnium Banque Nationale de Montréal, Valérie Tétreault, has concocted various activities to entertain the players while helping them discover the city: musical or Cirque du Soleil shows, visits to the spa, etc. But Bianca Andreescu has other plans in mind.
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The best Canadian snowshoe has a very specific outing at the top of its list of things to do in the Quebec metropolis.
“I haven’t seen the movie yet. Barbieand I really want to see it, ”she laughed at the journalists who came to meet her on Friday evening during the draw held at Place Ville Marie, downtown.
“A lot of people say it’s a great movie,” she continued. Some predict it will make $1 billion at the box office, it’s just unbelievable. It’s definitely in the things I want to do this week.”
Andreescu is not mistaken. Barbie could smash records and it’s off to a good start for the film starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. The feature film still tops the box office, having so far grossed over $400 million in North America.
Andreescu also plans to enjoy the good food that Montreal is known for.
“I also love to eat! Maybe not during the tournament, but afterwards I want to explore different types of cuisines, because there are good restaurants here.
Let his game speak
It was a laid back and relaxed Bianca who showed up for the draw. Dressed in a simple brown sweater, white jogging pants and sandals that seemed so comfortable, she said she was happy to return to Quebec, where she lost in the third round two years ago to Ons Jabeur. The Tunisian, the only absentee from the top 20 this summer, also showed Andreescu the way out on the Wimbledon lawn last month, in her third match.
“I feel good here. It will help me to have the support of the crowd, especially a passionate and knowledgeable crowd like the one in Montreal, said the Mississauga native. I hope to be able to let my game speak next week.
“It’s stressful in a way to play at home, but it’s also exciting,” she added. I am familiar with the place. I’ve been training on these courts since I was 13-14 years old. I feel like I can do well.”