27 Facts About Leylah Fernandez


Leylah Annie Fernandez was born on 6 September 2002 and is a Canadian professional tennis player.


Leylah Fernandez has a career-high ranking of No 13 by the Women's Tennis Association, achieved on 8 August 2022.


Leylah Fernandez's father Jorge is from Ecuador and is a former soccer player.


Leylah Fernandez's mother Irene is a Filipino Canadian.


Leylah Fernandez's younger sister Bianca Jolie is a tennis player.


On 25 January 2019, as a 16-year old, Leylah Fernandez entered the Australian Open girls' singles final, where she lost to the top-seeded Clara Tauson.


On 8 June 2019, Leylah Fernandez defeated Emma Navarro in the French Open final to become the first Canadian female winner of a junior Grand Slam title since Eugenie Bouchard at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.


On 21 July 2019, Leylah Fernandez won her first professional singles tennis title when she rallied to beat fellow Canadian Carson Branstine in the final of the Gatineau Challenger.


Leylah Fernandez won her first professional doubles title on the same date when she teamed with Rebecca Marino of Vancouver.


Leylah Fernandez made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open.


Leylah Fernandez achieved the biggest win of her career the following week in the Billie Jean King Cup qualifying round against world No 5, Belinda Bencic.


Leylah Fernandez began 2021 without consecutive wins in her first four tournaments.


At the US Open, Leylah Fernandez became a fan favorite due to her unexpected success as an underdog.


Leylah Fernandez defeated the third seed and defending champion, Naomi Osaka, in three sets in the third round, former world-number-one and three-time major champion, Angelique Kerber, in the fourth round, in three sets, and fifth seed Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals, again in three sets, to reach her maiden major semifinal a day after her 19th birthday.


Leylah Fernandez then defeated Aryna Sabalenka, the second seed, to reach her first major final and the first player born in 2002 to reach such a final.


Leylah Fernandez then made her Indian Wells Open debut as the 23rd seed.


Leylah Fernandez first beat Alize Cornet in the second round and French Open finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the third, before suffering an upset in round four by Shelby Rogers.


Leylah Fernandez lost to Maddison Inglis in the opening round of the Australian Open as the 23rd seed.


Leylah Fernandez entered the doubles competition with her sister, Bianca Fernandez.


Leylah Fernandez lost to defending champion Paula Badosa in the fourth round.


In May, at the French Open, Leylah Fernandez beat Olympic champion Belinda Bencic and 2019 French Open semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third and fourth round, before losing to Martina Trevisan in the quarterfinals.


At the Canadian Open, Leylah Fernandez lost in the second round to eventual finalist Beatriz Haddad Maia.


Leylah Fernandez started the 2023 season by reaching quarterfinals at the Auckland Open.


Leylah Fernandez is a fan of Spanish football team Real Madrid, and English football team Manchester City.


Leylah Fernandez is sponsored by Canadian brand Lululemon for apparel and by French brand Babolat for racquets, currently using the Babolat Pure Aero racquet.


Leylah Fernandez is a brand ambassador for Flair Airlines along with fellow Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Felix Auger Aliassime.


The tournaments won by Leylah Fernandez are in boldface, and advanced into finals by Leylah Fernandez are in italics.