Leylah Fernandez has dominated the US Open this year. She surprised Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, and Elina Svitolina on her way to the semifinals.
This is one of the best runs in recent New York history, considering this is only her second participation in the main draw.
Despite the fact that she has created waves in Flushing Meadows, she has not always had it easy. Her father Jorge spoke about their challenges as an immigrant family ahead of her quarterfinal match against second seed Aryna Sabalenka.
Leylah Fernandez makes her father proud
Immigrant families in today’s world don’t always have it easy. Many of them work incredibly hard to create their own possibilities. Despite the fact that Leylah’s father was a football player, he enrolled her in tennis lessons for the 19-year-old despite having no knowledge of the sport.
When speaking with Mark Masters of TSN Sports about their challenges as an immigrant family, he became emotional and even let out a tear or two.
He said, “It means everything. There’s a lot of talk in the news about immigrant people, and I understand. Nationalist sentiments and I understand how we need to protect that, we have only so many resources, I understand that.
“I don’t want to get political. That’s not what I’m doing. What I’m telling you is we’re an immigrant family, and we had nothing. So, Canada opened up its doors, and if they wouldn’t, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities that I have. And I wouldn’t have been able to give them to my daughter. So, it means a lot.”
Despite the fact that he is now not in New York, he continues to assist her in a significant way.