anada’s Leylah Fernandez is a rising star.
By securing its first WTA Tour title at the 2021 Monterrey Open, the tennis ace reached the final of the American Grand Slam last year – beating Naomi Osaka and finishing in second place after Britain’s gold girl Emma Raducanu.
World number 19 is a true competitor showing a dedication on and off the field that has caught the attention of some of the most recognizable brands around the world. Fernandez became the first global tennis ambassador for the Canadian athletics brand lululemon and wears the brand to meet his opponents in style.
A natural partnership, she shares the brand’s ethos with her emphasis on well-being and well-being and her always sunny positivity.
We caught up with Fernandez to find out the things she can not do without, and dive into her partnership with lululemon.
What are you doing at the moment?
I’m in Miami and competing in the Miami Open. This is one of the biggest tennis events in North America and I’m super excited to play in front of my family and friends in Florida. After the Miami Open, I’m playing a tournament in Charleston South Carolina, and the following week I’ll be representing Canada at the Billie Jean King Cup in Vancouver. Busy times, but all fun and good experiences.
What inspired you to team up with lululemon?
The brand values and the way they try to impact life positively are so inspiring to me. lululemon’s Canadian heritage and support for Canadian athletics was also super important. We have got off to a good start and I am convinced that both sides have made a good decision to become a partner.
What are your training elements?
It is important for me to look and feel good when I exercise. lululemon makes the most comfortable and stylish outfits to wear on the court or in the gym. The brand has also recently released their new running shoes, which are super comfortable and are my go-to shoe when I train away from the tennis court.
How would you describe your style on and off the court, and what are your wardrobe staples?
My personal style is evolving. In the past, you usually found me in either comfortable athletic-inspired clothing or in casual jeans and a t-shirt. Now that I’m getting a little older and going to more public events, I’ve really enjoyed expanding my wardrobe to include more sophisticated looks as well.
What are your favorite tennis brands?
I’m probably a little biased, but my favorite tennis brands are lululemon and Babolat.
What is the one element you can not live without?
I certainly can not live without my Google Pixel phone. I’m lost without it.
How do you treat yourself?
Once or twice a year I like to pamper myself with a nice vacation. Usually a warm weather, a low-key place where I can relax and just hang out. I am not the big partygoer, so I prefer a quiet place where I can enjoy time with my family and friends. Last year I went to Turks & Caicos. It was amazing and really allowed me to recover physically and mentally after the long tennis season.
What are your travel must-haves?
Travel must-haves are my phone, a good book and the ability to watch my favorite shows.
Can you guide us through your beauty routine?
Given the daily workouts and constant sweating, it is important that I keep my face clean and moisturized. Like my wardrobe, my beauty regimen is also evolving. I have started experimenting and having fun with different types of makeup and lipstick. I go to several public events and do a lot of work in front of the camera, so it’s important to feel best and sure of how I look.
What would your advice be for budding tennis players?
My advice is just to have fun. It is so important to enjoy what you are doing, otherwise you will start to lose motivation. I love playing tennis and competing. I’m a competitor and that’s what makes it fun for me. My advice would be not to take the results too seriously, but instead focus on enjoying the competition and doing your best. If you enjoy the time on the court when you compete, the results will come.