TORONTO —
Teenage tennis champion Bianca Andreescu has a message for folks her age: keep inside, however keep positive.

The reigning U.S. Open champion is now not spending her days always coaching, or jetting round for competitions — as a substitute, like many Canadian 19-year-olds proper now, she’s been at dwelling with her dad and mom.

With sports activities cancelled for the foreseeable future and the world on maintain, how is she staying upbeat during the uncertainty of COVID-19? Andreescu advised CTV’s Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme that she is making an attempt to “be as productive as I can right now during this tough time.”

Andreescu stated she’s began making music, and meditates a lot in her spare time.

“That’s how I stay as grounded as possible, and as positive as I can, because it helps me stay in the present moment,” she stated, “and it helps me stay in touch with my mind and whole body.”

She stated that though we’re all in a scary scenario, she’s making an attempt to make an energetic option to see the intense aspect.

Being afraid proper now could be unavoidable, Andreescu believes. But she feels that we are able to make the selection to let that concern break us down, or “use that fear to our advantage,” whether or not meaning spurring your self to be extra conscious of serving to those that are in want proper now, or enhancing your self and increasing your horizons during your time in self-isolation.

“I choose to have a growth mindset,” she stated. “I ask myself a bunch of questions. ‘What can I do during this time to be of help? What can I do for myself? What are things that I can learn that maybe I don’t know?’”

The tennis star is thought for her bubbly character, and for being a one that speaks by means of contact — her hug with Serena Williams after Williams needed to bow out of the Rogers Cup resulting from an harm has been seen internationally.

She acknowledged that it’s been laborious to not have that in-person social interplay.

“It’s definitely not easy,” Andreescu stated. “I’m an only child so I love socializing with my friends, but now, thanks to Facetime, thanks to technology, we have the luxury to FaceTime and talk to our friends, so that definitely helps.”

Although she’s targeted on spreading positivity, she needs different younger folks to know how severe the scenario is.

“They have to realize that this virus is spreading very, very quickly, and it’s super heart-breaking to see what’s going on in this world right now,” she stated. “They should know that it may have an effect on all people, whether or not they’re wealthy, they’re poor, it reveals us that we’re all equal, irrespective of our background, our faith.

“And the one thing that they can do that will eventually stop this pandemic — not only (young people) but literally everybody — is to stay home as much as possible,” she stated, including that individuals ought to hold a secure distance from others on important outings akin to grocery purchasing.

She feels fortunate to be isolating with her dad and mom, who she shares a shut relationship to, and says that they’re getting most important issues delivered, and haven’t left the home.

“Just be as compassionate as you can,” she stated. “I know it’s not easy in a time like this, but it just shows us how we’re all connected, because if something affects someone it eventually affects another person.” 

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