Leylah Fernandez: The Canadian Gifted Child of Tennis

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Leylah Fernandez was born on September 6 2002, in Montreal Quebec. She is now a professional tennis player for Canada. Fernandez won her first WTA Tour title at the 2021 Monterrey Open and She has a career-high ranking of No. 19 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), achieved on 7 February 2022.

Fernandez showed an interest in sports from an early age and played football, volleyball and even competed in track-and-field. However, it was tennis that captured her heart, and she would spend hours practicing hitting her shots against the basement wall.

In fact, she is often referred to as a gifted child and a natural at the game as she showed early signs of interest in the sport right from the tender age of 5.She began competing at the age of 10 under the coaching of her father Jorge. 


Age 19
Height 1.68 mts
Nationality Canadian
Turned professional 2017
Career titles 2
Highest ranking (Singles) No. 19
Current ranking (Singles) No. 21
Social media profile Instagram @leylahannietennis

Twitter @leylahfernandez

Personal Information and Relationships

  • Leylah was born in Montreal to Jorge and Irene.
  • Her father is an Ecuadorian and her mother is Filipino Canadian.
  • She is the second-born of three children.
  • She has a younger sister Bianca Jolie who is also a tennis player.
  • Her elder sister Jodeci is a dentist.
  • Though her father was her main coach, he was actually a soccer player who had never played tennis in his life, however, he could see how much this sport meant to Leylah and he began to learn in order to teach her and her little sister. 


  • Leylah started her professional tennis career on the ITF Circuit in the USA and Canada in 2017.
  • In 2018, Fernandez played and won the first WTA match of her career by reaching the second round at Quebec City.
  • In 2020 she qualified and reached the first round of the Australian Open.
  • In March 2021, Fernandez won her first senior WTA title at the Monterrey Open, beating Viktorija Golubic in the final. She won this tournament without dropping a single set.
  • Fernandez reached the finals of the 2021 US open by beating tennis greats such as Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber.
  • In 2022, Fernandez successfully defended her Monterrey Open title, winning her second WTA title

Prize Money Earnings

Leylah has earned a total of around 2,319,572 US$ from her participation in different championships.

Endorsements and Sponsors

  • Lululemon is the Canadian company that sponsors all her apparel on the court.
  • Her footwear is sponsored by Asics and will continue until Lululemon launches its own footwear line.
  • In January 2022, she became the first global brand ambassador in tennis for Lululemon.
  • Leylah’s  tennis racquets are provided by the famous company Babolat and she uses the Babolat Pure Aero racquet.
  • In January 2022, she became a Google ambassador in Canada for the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
  • She is also the Gatorade Canada ambassador
  • She is also associated with Telcel/Claro, which is a wireless telecommunications company.
  • She is sponsored by cosmetics company Birchbox, 
  • She is also associated with Morgan Stanley, USANA, Microsure, Cambridge Global Payments and EasyPost.
  • She also is a brand ambassador for Flair Airlines 

Net Worth

Leylah’s total net worth as of today is over 1million US$ and she is one of the wealthiest players in her age group. Most of her money comes from her prize money and endorsements because she really has a lot of sponsors.


  • The match between Fernandez and Raducanu was the first all-teen final at the US Open since 1999.
  • In 2021, Fernandez was given the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award by the Canadian Press as its choice for Canadian female athlete of 2021.
  • She speaks English, French and Spanish fluently.
  • While growing up and developing her game, Leylah drew inspiration from former world number one Justine Henin, who enjoyed a sparkling career including seven Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal.
  • She loves dancing, especially salsa.
  • She loves to solve puzzles and Rubik’s Cubes during match rain delays or in her free time at the hotel.
  • Molten lava chocolate cake is her favourite dessert.
  • She is a keen admirer of both Manchester City and Real Madrid football clubs.