Leylah Fernandez is a Canadian professional tennis player. Her career high ranking is 13 from August 2022.

Fernandez was born Leylah Annie Fernandez on September 6, 2002. Born to parents Irene and Jorge, she has a younger sister who plays tennis. Jorge Fernandez coaches his daughter. He was a forcer football player from Ecuador. Her mother Irene is Filipino Canadian. Leylah started playing tennis at a young age. She grew up a football fan, especially Spanish and English football. She is a supporter of Real Madrid and Manchester City.

Height / weight 1.68 m /
Born 6 Sep 2002
Nationality Canada Canada
Playing Style Left Handed


At the 2021 Monterrey Open, she won her first WTA title. During the 2021 US Open, she finished as a runner-up to Emma Raducanu. On the way to the finals, Fernandez managed to beat top-seeded players including Naomi Osaka. Fernandez also participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she made it to the second round.

In 2019, Leylah began debuted on the grand slam stage when she made it to the finals of the Australian Open girls’ singles. There she lost to Clara Tauson. In June of the same year, she attended the French Open girl’s singles where she faced and won against Emma Navarro. This made her the first Canadian female player to have won a junior Grand Slam event since Eugenie Bouchard. Bouchard won at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.

She turned pro in July 2019 when she debuted at the Gatineau Challenger. At the same event, she won a doubles title when she paired up with Rebecca Marino. In 2020, she made her Grand Slam debut when she played at the Australian Open, she made it through the qualifiers before eventually losing to Lauren Davis. A week later, she won against Belinda Bencic at the Billie Jean King Cup qualifying rounds.

In 2021, Fernandez had a great year, even though she began the year without consecutive wins. But in the Monterrey Cup in March, she reached the final to defeat Viktorija Golubic to win her first WTA Title. She was the youngest player at the main draw at just 18-years-old.

She would go on to become a fan favorite at the US Open. Her following increased when she beat Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, and Elina Svitolina. In the final, she lost to fellow teen Raducanu.

In 2022, she won the Monterrey Open again in Mexico, beating Camila Osorio in the final. Fernandez reached the quarter-finals of the 2022 French Open, losing to Martina Trevisan.

In 2023, she reached the women’s doubles French Open final with Taylor Townsend but they lost in three sets.

Professional Career Highlights and Awards


  • Career record - 142–93 (60.4%)
  • Career titles - 2 WTA, 1 ITF

Grand Slam Singles results:

  • Australian Open - 2R (2023)
  • French Open - QF (2022)
  • Wimbledon - 1R (2021)
  • US Open - F (2021)

Other tournaments:

  • Olympic Games - 2R (2021)


  • Career record - 58–43 (57.4%)
  • Career titles - 2 ITF

Grand Slam Doubles results:

  • Australian Open - 3R (2021)
  • French Open - F (2023)
  • Wimbledon - 1R (2021)
  • US Open - 3R (2021)

Team competitions:

  • BJK Cup QR (2020), record 3–2

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