From a Canadian icon to a next-generation superstar. Bianca Andreescu got major praise from Wayne Gretzky. He even called her a "hero" for young kids in Canada.\nIn an episode of Tennis United, a weekly show about the sport, Gretzky joined host and tennis player Vasek Pospisil and fellow guest NBA star Steve Nash.\nDuring that discussion on May 22, the NHL legend had nothing but love for Andreescu and her rise to tennis fame.\nHe said she is "one of the hardest working athletes" he has ever seen.\n"I don't think we could have a better hero in our country for young kids. She's truly remarkable and deserves all the credit she's getting," Gretzky said.\nHe saw Andreescu play at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.\nShe won that tournament and it kickstarted her stardom.\nWhen Gretzky watched her first match in the tournament, he recalled thinking, "that's one of the hardest working athletes I've ever seen in my life."\nHe also praised her for defeating Serena Williams, who he called one of the greatest athletes of all time, at the U.S. Open.\nWith everyone cheering for Williams during that game, Gretzky said Andreescu's winning was special.\n"That's the winning ingredient."@NHL and @NBA legends @WayneGretzky and @SteveNash praise @Bandreescu_ .Full #TennisUnited interview--> https://t.co/Ed13jisDau pic.twitter.com/4VPFz7M11u— wta (@WTA) May 22, 2020\n"My hat goes off to her for how she handled herself and how she handled the pressure," he said about the U.S. Open game.\nDuring his chat with Nash and Pospisil, Gretzky also noted that what impresses him most about Andreescu isn't how good she is or how hard she works.\nIt's how she handles herself with poise, is humble and appreciative.\n🏒x 🎾 was a pleasure meeting you🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/mb4niI6nYd— Bianca (@Bandreescu_) December 20, 2019\nGretzky and Andreescu have actually met before at the end of 2019.\nShe called meeting him a "pleasure."\nAndreescu is set to get back in action soon.\nShe's slated to take part in a tournament in June, the largest one since the season was stopped because of the COVID-19 pandemic.