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US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez and her father give emotional thanks for how Canada ‘opened their doors’ to their immigrant family

Leylah Fernandez and family on tennis journey, canada

After a hard-fought run in the U.S. Open, finalist Leylah Fernandez reflected on her time up until that point and how it “meant the world” to her.

The Journey: On Monday, Leylah, 19, joined the Today” show to talk about how her tennis journey to the finals impacted her family and why she will continue to fight for her dreams.

Teen Asian tennis sensations set to square off in ultimate showdown at US Open final

US Open final

Two young women representing Canada and the United Kingdom will advance to the U.S. Open final in a historic match fueled by Asian pride this weekend.

Head-to-head: On Saturday, Leylah Fernandez, 19, and Emma Raducanu, 18, will face each other at the Arthur Ashe Stadium at 4 p.m. This will be the first men’s or women’s major final in the Open era to feature two unseeded players, according to ESPN.

Tennis Player ‘Triple Z’ Becomes First Chinese Man to Qualify for Wimbledon in ‘the Open Era’

Zhang Zhizhen

Zhang Zhizhen, nicknamed “Triple Z,” became the first male Chinese tennis player to play singles in the main draw at The Championships (Wimbledon) since the Open Era began in 1968.

Rising star: The 24-year-old athlete defeated Argentine Francisco Cerundolo in the qualifiers on Thursday and was supposed to play his first major main draw against France’s Andreas Hoang on June 28, CNN reported.

Naomi Osaka is Free to Skip Press Conferences at the Tokyo Olympics

Naomi Osaka

Tennis star Naomi Osaka will not be required to attend press conferences at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, the Japanese Olympic Committee confirmed to the press on Friday. 

Not mandatory: The committee’s media relations team clarified while Olympic medalists usually attend press conferences after events, they will not penalize those who refuse to participate, Kyodo News reported. 

Naomi Osaka Withdraws From Wimbledon Championships, Expresses Excitement for Tokyo Olympics

naomi osaka

Naomi Osaka has officially withdrawn from the upcoming Wimbledon championships in June for personal reasons, just weeks after quitting the French Open. 

Some time off: Osaka’s agent told Reuters on Thursday that the tennis star is “taking some personal time with friends and family” but noted she would be “ready for the Olympics,” set to commence next month in Japan.