Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu may add ‘author’ to her list of accomplishments, as the 21-year-old 2019 US Open champion announced today that she will be releasing a new children’s book next year .
Bibi’s Got Game: A Story About Tennis, Meditation And A Dog Named Coco releases in May 2022 and follows a six-year-old main character as she grapples with the challenges all young children face.
Tundra Books (a subsidiary of Penguin Random House) will publish the book, which is a collaboration between Andreescu, illustrator Chelsea O’Byrne and co-author Mary Beth Leatherdale.
Throughout the book, Bibi takes up tennis on her mother’s advice. She is natural, but finds herself “heartbroken, sad, frustrated and angry” after an injury and even considers quitting the sport.
Andreescu said the book has been in the works for some time.
“I started to think about writing Bibi’s game a few years ago when I first had the idea to pass on the tips and tools that have helped me as a young athlete, ”she said in a statement. “I hope my picture book is not seen as the personal story of one tennis player. I really wanted to create something that feels classic and shares timeless messages about the importance of family (both human and furry animal) and draws attention to your own sanity when facing challenges, that whether in sports competitions or elsewhere.
“Fans will be delighted to see Bianca reimagined as a competitive and energetic six-year-old thanks to the adorable art of Chelsea O’Byrne, ”said Tara Walker, editor of Tundra Books. “It’s such a fun read, but there are also some important themes and messages. Bianca shows us how mindfulness and meditation can promote mental health, which is essential for children, especially today.
More details about the book are available via Random penguin house.