In Bianca Andreescu’s Box, a Four-Legged Fan Is the Star

Although the teenage phenom Coco Gauff was eliminated from the United States Open, an entirely different Coco endures: a furry, 7-pound brown dog belonging to Bianca Andreescu.

Andreescu’s mother and father, Maria and Nicu, have been bringing the poodle into Arthur Ashe Stadium to watch Bianca’s matches (she plays Serena Williams in the final on Saturday).

According to Nicu Andreescu, the couple was told that dogs are not allowed in seats, after they had brought her to Bianca’s quarterfinal against Elise Mertens. But they were told they could bring Coco into the stadium for Bianca’s semifinal on Thursday against Belinda Bencic. In order to avoid a canine code violation, they had to keep Coco on the floor, at their feet, which was a little distracting for them.

“We had to keep our hands on her the whole time because she likes to jump up and watch,” Nicu said with a laugh.

It wasn’t the first time the Andreescus had to scramble to accommodate Coco. Rushing from their home in Toronto to catch her unexpectedly deep run at the Indian Wells tournament in California, the couple kept Coco at their feet on the plane, which fortunately had internet in order to catch Bianca’s semifinal match.

“When we got on the plane we asked the flight attendant if they had internet,” Nicu said. “I told her I wanted to watch my daughter play tennis. My wife and I were in the back cheering the whole time, and when we landed, the flight attendant asked me how she did. I was happy to say, she won.”

Nicu Andreescu is an engineer and Maria is a compliance officer for a financial company in Ontario. They moved to Canada in 1994 after finishing their studies in Romania, where they are from. Bianca was born in Mississauga, Ont., in 2000.

As for the Open final on Saturday, the Andreescu’s are set for that. They made their hotel reservation in New York for the entire two weeks, just in case. Coco in tow.

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