According to Boynton Beach news, Leylah Annie Fernandez shouted in joy and moved her arm after she had won Roland Garros Junior crown on Saturday after defeating Emma Navarro in the straight set.
It was a great signature moment for her who is 16 years old Boynton Beach resident and whose native place was Montreal. She is the first Canadian girl who won 6-3, 6-2 and had got the title. She spoke to the media on Sunday morning and said that after the last point, she was literally thanking God for all that it happened.
She wasn’t that familiar in Palm Beach country tennis circles as lefty starlet was ranked among the top 6 girls in the world and didn’t grow in South Florida.
In April 2018, Fernandez along with her parents and one of her two sisters had moved to Boynton. The city has a wealth of tennis courts just close to the beach.
Leylah was home schooled and would visit the city’s public courts along with her 15 years old sister who is also a growing tennis player. She also said that you can see the reflections of Venus and Serena Williams in her playing style who had exchanged their shots at Delray Beach Tennis Center in the year 1991 after shifting to Delray Beach. Leylah’s father Fernandez as a coach feels that their family must invest greatly in training and that’s the reason why they were looking forward to relocating to a place which is known as the tennis capital of the world.
Leylah who wanted to go to Adult Pro from junior took tennis balls from Pro World Tennis Academy which is in Delray Beach. She also took help from Evert Tennis Academy located in Boca Raton. Regularly she trains on the Boynton’s courts and also played in West Palm and Wellington where you can find Fernandez crew living.
Her father also mentioned that she knew very well to maintain and balance her life being a teenager while having the competitive mind. Jorge Fernandez has told about Leylah that though tears flow from her eyes she would keep wanting more. She would never stop.
The champions over the French tournament for years include Gabriela Sabatini (1984), Magdalena Maleeva (1990), Gabriela Sabatini (1984) and Martina Hingis (1993-94). Leylah admitted just 24 games in the 6 matches. She also said that she didn’t know what to say at that particular moment. She said to Boynton Beach News that while looking at the flashback, she remembers telling her dad from her childhood days that one day she will win this tournament.
Jorge was a semi-professional soccer coach before he had taken his daughter’s tennis aspirations. Seeing his daughter’s aspiration, she decided to Leylah’s athletic abilities.
The tennis talent in her was very clear just when she was at the age of 5 only. Once it so happened that the duo had headed to a street in order to rally for a few balls and Leylah moved rapidly without stopping for the ball which bounced away from the actual direction.
Jorge Fernandez said that she would never take off her eyes from the ball and would hit the ball perfectly. Leylah said that she first looked vacantly at French Opens red clay courts around that age where champions Justine Henin, as well as Rafael Nadal, were playing and who had won her first French title in the year 2007 also on a Sunday.
Leylah had secured a national win in age 16 pool when she was 12 years old. After four years she also entered into the lower tier women’s tournaments where she holds 370th ranking in the world. Her father said that she was aiming to land in the top 30 one day though expectations would make it much tougher for her.
It would make it very tough and exhaustive, psychologically and emotionally too. Though she had lost in junior Australian Open final in January, her dad stood up with her and helped her in hard times and ups and downs of losing and winning the games.
He also said that she had lost the finals in Grand Slam which was just due to the psychological stress which she was going through last time. But he would always remind his daughter that losing and winning is just the conclusion which isn’t under your control. So just try to control the things which you can control.
Leylah also said that she would prioritize her routine such as getting her driving license, doing her school works on time and being ahead, watch movies and having ice creams and spoiling herself.
She also said that she doesn’t just want to be good but she would rather wish to be great. According to Boynton Beach News, she would prefer to pursue than getting faded away.