Who are Leylah Fernandez’s family members and her origin? from her biography on our blog we have discussed all about the young tennis player’s background.
Who is Leylah Annie Fernandez?
Leylah Annie Fernandez (born 6 September 2002) is a Filipino-Canadian professional tennis player. She won her first WTA Tour singles title at the 2021 Monterrey Open. She has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 66, achieved on 14 June 2021. She achieved her career-high doubles ranking of world No. 120 on 21 June 2021.
Family (Father and Mother)
Leylah Annie has an interesting family background. She was born in Montreal on 6 September 2002. Her father Jorge Fernandez is a former soccer player of Ecuadorian origins. Her mother Irene Exevea is a Canadian of Filipino origins. Fernandez is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.
Fernandez has two sisters: Bianca Jolie Fernandez and Jodeci Fernandez. Leylah’s younger sister Bianca Jolie Fernandez is also a tennis player, and her older sister, Jodeci Fernandez, is a dentist.
Support From Family
Leylah Fernandez’s father, Jorge, once played for the national soccer team in his home country of Ecuador. Today his daughter is playing in the US Open semi-final, in a tournament where she has not just surpassed expectations but blown them out of the water.
The teenager, who has captured the world’s attention with her spirit, her drive, and her perpetual good humor, wasn’t always a lock to make it here. In fact, her father – who is her coach and mentor – is only so because young Leylah was, once upon a time, cut from a Canadian youth tennis development program, and she really, really wanted to keep playing. Not just that, she wanted to get better.
Jorge knew very little about tennis. But he did know about what it took to be a professional athlete. The patience, the hard work, the dedication. And he strived to teach his daughter just that.
Her father is not the only member of her team and not her only support. Her sister, Bianca, a tennis player herself, is now in New York supporting her sister. So is her mother Irene. Her father, who didn’t join her in New York, is in constant communication, both for strategy sessions and for pure old support.
Jorge Fernandez, Leylah Annie’s dad/coach, remains back in Florida … they decided not to change the winning routine
But younger sister Bianca Jolie, who played an ITF event in Spain last week, has arrived in New York
Leylah Annie Fernandez as of 2021 does not have a boyfriend, she is not dating or in any relationship. Leylah Annie Fernandez is also not married.
2021: First WTA title and US Open semifinal
Fernandez began 2021 unable to string together consecutive wins in her first four tournaments. That changed, however, in March at the Monterrey Open where she won her first four matches to reach the final, and defeated Viktorija Golubic to win the first WTA title of her career. At 18 years old, she was the youngest player in the main draw, and captured the championship without dropping a set the entire tournament.
At the US Open, Fernandez upset defending champion, Naomi Osaka, 5–7, 7–6(7–2), 6–4 in the third round, the former world No. 1 and three-time grand slam champion, Angelique Kerber, 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–2 in the fourth round, and the 5th seed Elina Svitolina, 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(7–5), in the quarterfinal to reach her maiden Grand Slam semifinal a day after her 19th birthday. It was the second time in the tournament she defeated a top-five seed (after Naomi Osaka, the No. 3 seed), making her the youngest player to accomplish that since Serena Williams in 1999.
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