Leylah Fernandez

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Canadian professional tennis player Leylah Fernandez returned to Montreal, September 14, bringing home a life-changing prize of $1.25-million US as the runner-up to British 18-year-old Emma Raducanu during the Grand Slam final at the 2021 US Open on September 11.

She made history at the U.S. Open tennis championship when she became only the second Canadian woman ever to make it to the final. The five-feet-four-inch-tall, 19-year-old Fernandez became a fan favourite due to her unexpected success. She defeated four seeded players along the way, including defending champion Naomi Osaka. Fernandez has charmed not only tennis fans internationally, but she has also captivated everyone around the world with her humility, poise, and maturity.

Leylah Annie Fernandez was born in Montreal on September 6, 2002. She is of mixed descent. Her father and coach, Jorge Fernandez, is from Ecuador and her mother, Irene Fernandez, is a Filipino-Canadian. Her father, a former professional soccer player, coached Fernandez throughout her career. She has a younger sister, Bianca Jolie, also a tennis player.

COVID-19 Bulletin #512 • September 16, 2021

COVID SEP 9 2021

Public health officials advise two new deaths in people with COVID-19 are being reported today:

  • a female in her 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region, linked to the B.1.617.2 (delta) variant of concern; and
  • a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the unspecified variant of concern.