Carling Bassett-Seguso Has High Praise for Andreescu

Former Canadian tennis hero Carling Bassett-Seguso, who exploded to fame as a 15 year old making the 1983 Australian Open quarterfinals, is highly impressed by the accomplishments of fellow Canadian and US Open champion Bianca Andreescu.

Bassett-Seguso, recently told the Toronto Sun the following words about the spirited 19 year old who has achieved a remarkable 42-4 record so far in 2019:

“She’s just there. She’s never running away. You just know that you’re going to have to win the bloody match from start to finish,” said Bassett-Seguso, the top-ranked Canadian player from 1982-1986. “She’s in the zone and she knows it. That’s sort of where you have to be. You get to the point where you get that confidence where you really feel invincible. Not to the point where you feel egotistical about it, but you have to have that within because tennis is separated by four or five points — that’s it — when you get into those close matches.”

“I love the way she uses the whole court. She’s very smart. She finds a way to win. She knows how to play tennis. It’s just timing now. It’s just keeping your head on and having the best (people) around  you to keep you focused, because tennis, man, it’s rough.”

“If I’m rolling the dice, I’d say she’s top-three in the world within the next couple years. She’s just solid everywhere. She’s got all four corners sealed right now. She’s not a huge girl ,so she’s going to have to keep it like that.”

Bassett-Seguso, who lives in Bradenton, Florida says Andreescu has sparked her interest to follow pro tennis again. She has been off the scene lately. The last time I saw her at a pro tournament was in 2017 at the Sarasota Open. She also made an appearance in the popular Nick Bollettieri Showtime documentary “Love Means Zero” two years ago.

“I haven’t been around (pro tennis) at all. Now I really enjoy watching it. I couldn’t say that a couple of years ago. There were like one or two matches that I wanted to watch and … even then, it was like, ‘Do I really want to watch Serena play again?’ ” said Bassett-Seguso. “There’s a lot of room now. I couldn’t believe the transformation. The way they were hitting the ball. It’s just big.”

Bassett-Seguso reached a career high rankings of no. 8 in 1985.



  • jackson · September 21, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    What age are you considering Juniors? Since he turned pro at 15 there aren’t a lot of years for him to have played many events. Yes, he played a few in the summers as I said in my previous post but a highest ranking of 145 signifies he didn’t play many as with his talent, he could have been a #1 Junior. He signed with Nike when he was very young and Nike used to (maybe still do) host Nike tournaments for their youngsters. That’s how Rafa met Kevin Anderson in S Africa when they were 12 and 13. Of course he played tennis when he was growing up. He was the Balaeric Islands champion every year from when he was about 8 yrs old but his mother was very strict about his education so he didn’t travel widely like a lot of kids do now.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 21, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Under 15. That’s right, Anderson told me Rafa double bagled him as a junior. Jamie murray also got crushed by Rafa in juniors.

  • catherine · September 22, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Naomi bt Pavs in SS to win in Osaka. Looks like Naomi is coming back to form which should make life interesting for the remaining tournaments. Didn’t see the match but I imagine those highlights will be posted 🙂

    Hartt – does Coco travel internationally ? I hope she doesn’t go in the hold which would be very stressful for her.

  • catherine · September 22, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Highlights of Kerber v Pavs finally made their appearance. Made the match look better than it was – Angie should be thankful she flubbed that one. Naomi would have crushed her. Pavs had no answer to Naomi’s power after Angie’s gnat-like serves and predictably patterned ground strokes.

    Naomi should stick to her dad’s coaching.

  • Doug Day · September 22, 2019 at 8:12 am

    “Do I really want to watch Serena play again?” Carling daring to express what everybody but the feminazis have felt for years. Doesnt she understand that without the two sisters there would be no equal prize money? And the greatest path to wealth in women’s sport history. The ATP buying their way out of bigotry. Those neanderthals should be grateful.

  • Andrew Miller · September 22, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Osaka won, dad Francois clearly works better. What can I say…I’m wrong.

1 2 3



Find it!

Copyright 2010
To top