“Have No Regrets”: Leylah Fernandez’s Father Reveals Real Reason For Not Traveling With Her at US Open 2021

Published 10/11/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada hits a backhand against Emma Raducanu of Great Britain (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Leylah Fernandez led a phenomenal campaign at the US Open 2021. Even though she couldn’t win the tournament and lost to Emma Raducanu in the finals, the Canadian star displayed some brilliant skills on the court and impressed the fans.

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Interestingly, Leylah Fernandez defeated three out of the top five seeded players at the US Open 2021. She also eliminated the defending champion, Naomi Osaka, from the Grand Slam.

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Father of Leylah Fernandez reveals why he couldn’t come to support his daughter at the US Open 2021

In a recent interview to Radio-Canada, Jorge Fernandez, father of Leylah Fernandez, revealed the real reason for skipping the US Open 2021. He mentioned that it was a family decision and he couldn’t choose where to go since both her daughters were playing at different tournaments.

Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada serves against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus (not pictured) on day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

“It was a family decision. My youngest daughter Bianca was competing in a tournament in Spain while Leylah was playing her first matches of the Grand Slam tournament. I didn’t want to make a choice between the two and give my preference to one or the other,” said Jorge in the interview.

Jorge highlighted that he didn’t feel like going to the US Open 2021 even after her younger daughter, Bianca, got eliminated from her tournament because he could do his coaching job from his home. He felt that travelling to New York in the middle of the Grand Slam might disturb her daughter’s routine.

“Why didn’t I accompany Bianca on her way to New York after her elimination in Spain? Because I could do my coaching job from home without disturbing Leylah’s routine,” added the father.

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Jorge Fernandez believes Leylah lost to the better player in the finals of the US Open 2021

In the same interview, Jorge hailed Emma Raducanu for her brilliant performance in the finals of the US Open 2021. He believes that his daughter lost to the better player that day and said that it was a gigantic performance by the British player.

Emma Raducanu celebrates after her match against Leylah Fernandez in the women’s singles final. Day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

“I have no regrets, even though she lost. And I tip my hat to Emma Raducanu because she was the best that day. And if we had to lose, I thought it best to happen against her, a barely 19-year-old qualifier who hasn’t missed a set in 10 games. That was a gigantic performance. I’ll  tell you how I felt, seeing this tournament from a distance. And I won’t sugar coat it,” concluded Jorge.

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Leylah Fernandez is currently playing at the Indian Wells 2021 and will face Shelby Rogers in the pre-quarters of the tournament. Will she be able to emerge as the winner of the tournament?

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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