Jorge Fernandez (tennis coach)

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Jorge Fernandez is an Ecuadorian-Canadian tennis coach[1][2] and former association football player[3] and coach.[4][5] He is the father and coach of professional tennis player Leylah Fernandez who was a finalist in the 2021 US Open Women's Singles finals against Emma Raducanu.[6]

Early and family life[edit]

Fernandez was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador.[7] When he was four years old, his family relocated to Montreal, Canada,[7] and he became a Canadian citizen when he was 14.[citation needed] His wife Irene Exevea is a Canadian of Filipino descent.[8]

Career[edit]

Fernandez was a semi-professional footballer and played football in local leagues in Montreal.[7][9] He is the father and coach of professional tennis player Leylah Fernandez and her younger sister Bianca Jolie.[8][3][10] He started coaching his daughter despite never having played tennis himself,[11][7] however he draws his coaching skills from his soccer career.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fraser, Stuart (26 September 2020). "Crazy training and a 'soccer mentality' – the unusual path of French Open debutant Leylah Fernandez". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  2. ^ Masters, Mark (9 September 2021). "A teary-eyed Jorge Fernandez shares incredibly powerful words about his daughter Leylah's success". BARDOWN. Retrieved 10 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b "Roland-Garros : le titre juniors pour la Canadienne Leylah Annie Fernandez". L'Équipe (in French). 8 June 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Leylah Fernandez's Father Won't Attend The U.S. Open Final Because He's 'Extremely Superstitious'". Adam Zagoria. Forbes. 10 September 2021. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  5. ^ Courtney Nguyen. "Why Leylah Fernandez's father Jorge doesn't have a ticket to the US Open final". WTA. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  6. ^ Graham, Bryan Armen (10 September 2021). "Raducanu and Fernandez's extraordinary roads converge on final unlike any other". the Guardian. Retrieved 10 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ a b c d Waldstein, David (4 September 2021). "Leylah Fernandez, Who Beat Osaka, Leads a Canadian Charge". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Canadian Fernandez wins junior title in Paris". TSN. The Canadian Press. 8 June 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  9. ^ "La relación de Leylah Fernández con el fútbol. Esto reveló en 2019 su padre, el guayaquileño Jorge Fernández" (in Spanish). El Universo. 7 September 2021. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  10. ^ Helene Elliott (8 September 2021), Elliott: Leylah Fernandez follows father's advice and fights for U.S. Open dream, Los Angeles Times
  11. ^ Merrell, Chloe (7 September 2021). "Meet Leylah Fernandez: the 19-year-old tennis sensation taking down champions at the 2021 U.S. Open". Olympics.com. Retrieved 10 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Myles, Stephanie (7 June 2019). "The tennis philosophy of Jorge Fernandez". The Open Court. Retrieved 10 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)