Find out about Leylah Fernandez’s parents, Jorge and Irene Fernandez, who have been a rock of support for the young teenager. Leylah Fernandez is one of the brightest prospects on the WTA circuit, currently part of Canada’s young generation that has taken tennis forward.
Leylah started playing tennis at the age of two and was trained by her mother who also had a background in sports. Her talent was first recognized during her junior years, when she reached the finals of the 2019 Australian Open Juniors Singles and a few months later, won the 2019 French Open Juniors Singles title. She quickly became a professional after that and has been rising in the WTA rankings ever since, peaking at No. 100 in season 20.
Leylah Fernandez Career
Leylah will be looking to continue her winning ways into 2020, when she reaches her second WTA final as a Professional. She lost the 2020 Mexican Open but won the 2021 Monterrey Open during her previous season (2019).
At the Australian Open and Wimbledon, she has yet to reach past the second round. Leylah reached the third round of the 2020 French Open and made it to the semi-finals of the 2021 US Open, becoming one of the youngest teens in history to do so at Flushing Meadows.
Who are Leylah Fernandez’s parents?
Leylah was born on September 6, 2002, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Jorge and Irene Fernandez. Jorge was born in Ecuador but moved with his family to Canada when he was four years old. He subsequently played for Ecuador at international level. Her mother Irene is a Philippine-born Canadian who grew up in Canada.
Jorge became Leylah’s tennis coach, and he has continued to assist her up until now. During her early years, he began taking notes from other players’ coaches in order to educate a young Leylah. He did not travel with Leylah to the 2021 US Open, but he has spoken with her throughout the event, as evidenced by both the father-daughter pair.