Leylah Fernandez was awarded as the best Canadian singles player of 2022 on Thursday 15 December. The 20-year-old made herself known to the general public in 2021, when she reached the final at the US Open against all odds, beating champions such as Naomi Osaka, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka, but surrendered to another very young girl on the Tour, Emma Raducanu.
Her 2022, finished in 39th position, did not see her shine particularly, but she still achieved some interesting results such as the second success at the Monterrey tournament, where she beat Camila Osorio in the final in three sets, canceling 4 match points.
At the Roland Garros, she conquers her second quarterfinal in career in a Grand Slam event, the first after the New York ride in the previous year. To stop her it was the Italian Martina Trevisan.
Leylah Fernandez: "I'm proud to be Canadian"
After receiving the coveted award, the Canadian tennis player expressed all her joy through an Instagram story, underlining how 2022 has not been a year without difficulties: "Proud to be Canadian.
Thanks again for all your support." Michael Downey, President and CEO of Tennis Canada, congratulated all the recipients of the various Tennis Canada Excellence Awards , which, in addition to the talented tennis player, also included Felix Auger-Aliassime in the men's singles category: "This year has had so many challenges, but it's not about how many times you get knocked down, it's how many times you get back up.
On the women's side, Leylah has continued to showcase her skills and prove that she is one of the top talents on the WTA Tour. We would like to extend our congratulations to all of this year's winners of the Tennis Canada Excellence Awards.
2022 has seen our athletes and organization reach new heights both on and off the pitch. Naturally, having led Team Canada to its first Davis Cup title and with four ATP singles titles to her name, Félix is a deserved recipient in the men's category."