Young Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu, 19, will have a couple of famous hockey players backing her when she takes the court against American legend Serena Williams at the U.S. Open on Saturday.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, a native of Cole Harbour, N.S., and Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi, who grew up in the Toronto area, both said they'll be passionately rooting for their fellow Canadian, who will be a significant underdog in the match.
Crosby is a big tennis fan and hit the courts for a practice session with American tennis player John Isner at Wimbledon last year.
"I follow a lot of tennis, and obviously being Canadian, you're pretty proud of what she's been able to accomplish and the performances she's had," Crosby said at the NHL Player Media Tour on Friday. "She's got a big final coming up, but there will be a lot of us cheering for her."
Count Domi among those.
"She's been great for the sport, great for the country," Domi said. "We're all behind her.
"I've been lucky enough to meet her a couple times and she's a great kid. I'm really excited for her."