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US Open finalist Leylah Annie Fernandez draws inspiration from fellow Canadian Steve Nash sitting in her box

Sep 10, 2021 0 comments
Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash has inspired players of all ages to work hard and not just on the basketball court.

Leylah Annie Fernandez, who clinched a spot in the US Open final against Emma Raducanu of Britain, notes that her father wanted her to model her work ethic after Nash.

The finals matchup is the first time since 1968 that both players are unseeded and qualified for the US Open final.

Fernandez and Raducanu are both teenagers, so there's a strong possibility both will be regular contenders in major tournaments in the years to follow.

As for Nash, he's an avid tennis player and fan when he's not managing the big talent in Brooklyn and Fernandez gleefully joked they'll need to set up a 1-on-1 match to test his level of play.

The Nets head man has been a regular celebrity spectator at Arthur Ashe, sitting in Coco Gauff's box and Vasek Pospisil's earlier in the tournament.

Action is heating up on both the women's and men's side in Flushing, but it must be extra meaningful to have such a bright young star representing Canada in spectacular fashion at tennis' showcase event.


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