Leylah Fernandez reveals her way of coping with online abuse

Fernandez, 20, has been on the Tour for a few years now.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Leylah Fernandez reveals her way of coping with online abuse

Leylah Fernandez reveals she is dealing with online abuse by simply not giving any attention to it. Fernandez, 20, has been on the Tour for a few years now and she knows how it feels to receive online abuse and heckling. Also, Fernandez has certainly experienced how it feels when an angry bettor sends a hateful message on social media.

Fernandez took part in a Q&A session on Instagram and one fan asked her to reveal her way of coping with hate on social media. “I try to ignore them. The people who send those messages don’t know how hard I work.

And I don’t really care. I know I have people around me who care and love me, that’s the most important,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez took boxing lessons in the offseason

Fernandez, the 2021 US Open runner-up, loves boxing and Floyd Mayweather was one of her role models growing up.

"We love watching boxing, like, Floyd Mayweather, he was one of my role models growing up. I loved how the way he was able to move, dodge and use offense and defense and how he was able to move so fast when punches were coming right at him so quickly," Fernandez said on Tennis Channel.

In the offseason, Fernandez took her love for boxing to another level and took some boxing lessons. "This off-season, we decided why not try boxing for fun and I instantly loved it. I loved that my coach was so nice to us. First time I met him, he was very intimidating but he was so nice.

He was able to start from the beginning, show me the basics and he had the patience for that and I instantly loved that," Fernandez revealed. Meanwhile, Fernandez kicked off her clay season in Charleston last week. Fernandez defeated Evgeniya Rodina in the Charleston first round before losing to Paula Badosa in her next match.

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