“Very Superstitious”: Leylah Fernandez Reveals Her Dad’s Presence Would’ve Bothered Her at US Open 2021

Published 09/24/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
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


Even though Emma Raducanu earned a huge name after her US Open 2021 triumph, 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez also broke into headlines. She was the runner-up of the Grand Slam and defeated the likes of Aryna Sabalenka, Naomi Osaka, and Elina Sviltona to clinch her spot in the finale.

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In a recent interview to Puntodebreak.com, Leylah Fernandez admitted that she missed her father at the US Open 2021. Even though her mother and sister extended their support to her from the stands, her father could not travel to New York.

Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada waves to the crowd after her match against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus (not pictured). 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

“As a daughter, of course I would have liked to have him there with me in New York, he is my father. But honestly, I am happy with how we did things, as an athlete I am also very superstitious. If something changes, I know that I would not have been happy or calm playing, it would have bothered me,” said Fernandez in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Interestingly, Fernandez revealed that she is quite a superstitious person. Thus, she mentioned that she was cheerful with how her father continued to encourage her from Canada. She clearly tried to hint that although she was upset that as a daughter, her dad was not in New York, yet as an athlete, she was happy because his presence would have bothered her.

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“He’s also my coach”- Leylah Fernandez on her father

Fernandez highlighted that she feels proud of her performance at the US Open 2021. She reiterated that as a daughter, she would have wanted her dad to come and watch her play at the Flushing Meadows as besides being her father, he is her coach as well.

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Sep 7, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada celebrates a winner against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. Day nine of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

“As an athlete I am happy to have reached the end in those two weeks; as a daughter, I would have liked to have him there, he’s my dad, but he’s also my coach,” added the US Open 2021 runner-up.

After a terrific run at the US Open 2021, Leylah Fernandez is likely to play at the Indian Wells Masters 2021. Fans have really huge expectations from her and want her to keep playing with the same momentum. Will she be able to end the year on a high?

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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 500 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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