In 2021, Fernandez won his first WTA in Monterrey and was a finalist at the US Open
Toronto Canada) – Runner-up at the US Open, Leylah Fernandez received the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award, presented by The Canadian Press news agency to the country’s best female athlete of the year. Fernandez, 19, is the sixth tennis player to win the award since starting in 1932, joining Carling Bassett-Seguso (1983, 1985), Helen Kelesi (1989, 1990), Aleksandra Wozniak (2009), Eugenie Bouchard (2013, 2014 ) and Bianca Andreescu (2019).
“I feel very honored to be among athletes who have done so much for their respective disciplines or even outside of their sport,” said Fernandez. “I read about Christine Sinclair (football player and last year’s award winner). I feel honored to have my name next to her.”
“Leylah deserves this prestigious award,” said Michael Downey, President and CEO of Tennis Canada. “Even at such a young age, she beat three top 10 players (Naomi Osaka, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka) to reach the US Open final. He may not get the results he wants in the final, but his performances on the pitch. absolutely brilliant and his post-game 9/11 speech will forever be etched in the hearts of New Yorkers. Leylah is a reality and will inspire the next generation of young gamers across the country.”
In addition to reaching the US Open final and becoming the second Canadian to achieve the feat, after champion Bianca Andreescu in 2019, Fernandez also won her first WTA title in Monterrey, Mexico, when she defeated Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland 6/1 and 6/4. His outstanding performances throughout the season helped him move up the rankings from 88th to 24th at the moment, the best of his career.
The Bobbie Rosenfeld Award is presented annually by the Canadian press, as voted for by sports editors across the country. The name is a tribute to track and field star Bobbie Rosenfeld, who was named Canada’s Best Female Athlete in 1950.
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