All You Need To Know About Teen Sensation Leylah Fernandez’s Father and Coach

Published 09/06/2021, 4:33 AM EDT
Sep 5, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada celebrates after match point against Angelique Kerber of Germany (not pictured) on day seven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez has been grabbing the headlines. She recently knocked off the two-time champion Naomi Osaka out of the US Open. At the age of 18 years, the youngster surely has a bright future ahead of her. At the moment, she is creating an identity for herself at the US Open 2021. 

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As we talk about Leylah Fernandez, let us take a closer look at her team. Her father Jorge is her coach and mentor. Although he isn’t physically present in New York, he has been keeping a close eye on his daughter and provides her with the necessary feedback. 

Sep 5, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada celebrates after match point against Angelique Kerber of Germany (not pictured) on day seven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Leylah Fernandez’s father follows her keenly 

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Prior to every match, he provides her regularly with strategies according to the various opponents she is up against. He himself was a professional sportsman who played soccer for the Ecuadorian national team. Besides him, Duglas Cordero, who is her fitness trainer is present in her box at the matches during the past week. 

In her career so far, she has managed to win a WTA title and a Challenger Trophy. In 2019, she won the French Open juniors title. She made her Grand Slam debut during the Australian Open 2020.

Sep 5, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada (L) is congratulated by Angelique Kerber of Germany (R) on day seven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking of her performances in the current season, she began her journey in Melbourne and ended up losing in the opening round. After that, she crashed out in the second round of the French Open to American player Madison Keys. 

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Moving forward towards the Wimbledon Championships, she made an early exit, losing in the first round to Jeļena Ostapenko. At the moment, she has booked a spot in the quarterfinal of the US Open. Yesterday, she knocked out former Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber. We wish her the best of luck in this fairytale of hers. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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