Leylah Fernandez answers whether her life has changed since US Open



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Leylah Fernandez answers whether her life has changed since US Open

World No. 19 Leylah Fernandez has admitted that her life "has changed just a little a bit" after the US Open and added she has a great team around that handles the business part of her job. Fernandez, 19, put up a stunning run at Flushing Meadows last year to make her maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open.

Fernandez's run to the US Open included notable wins over Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka. In the final, Fernandez suffered a straight-set defeat to Emma Raducanu. Since the US Open final, Fernandez has landed several endorsement deals and is now the face of several brands.

“Since the US Open, life has changed just a little bit,” Fernandez told WTA Insider. “But I have a great team around me, who are able to manage that side of the business. They let me focus on my profession, because tennis is my No.1 focus”.

Fernandez set for the clay season

It is not a secret that Fernandez prefers more hard surface than clay, but she wasn't interested in complaining as she went out and put in the hard work on the practice court and gym. As a preparation for the clay season, Fernandez did a lot of yoga and stretching.

“The difficulty is that clay is very slippery,” Fernandez said. “So all of your muscles, your ligaments get stretched out a lot in contrast to a hard court. So we did a lot of stretching, a lot of yoga so that my groin, the muscles in my legs, can be prepared for what’s coming.

“On a hard court, everything goes faster. On a clay court, the balls keep coming back. So you have to hit a few more good shots, a few more winners so that you can win the point. We trained a few hours on clay every day, trying to get used to it”.