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US Open Standouts Leylah Fernandez, Reilly Opelka Set to Play World TeamTennis

September 8, 2021 - World TeamTennis (WTT) News Release


We are so excited to announce that coming off strong showings at the US Open, Leylah Fernandez and Reilly Opelka are set to play World TeamTennis in November!

Leylah Fernandez  has powered her way to the US Open semifinals following her upset victory over No. 5 Elina Svitolina in a third-set tiebreak Tuesday, becoming the youngest player to reach the final four since Maria Sharapova in 2005. Having turned 19 on Monday, Fernandez defeated former US Open champions and former World No. 1s Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber en route to her first Major semifinal. Becoming the third Canadian woman to reach the US Open's final four in the Open Era, Fernandez faces World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinals Thursday.

Reilly Opelka is coming off his best career finish at a Major, not losing a set on his way to the US Open Round of 16. The 24-year-old reached the top 25 rankings for the first time August 16 following a run to the final at the ATP Masters 1000 in Toronto and is currently ranked No. 24 on the ATP Tour.

Opelka will compete at World TeamTennis for the second time in his career and unites with legendary doubles duo Bob & Mike Bryan, Taylor Fritz, Coco Vandeweghe and Caroline Dolehide on the San Diego Aviators. The American made his WTT debut with Vegas Rollers in 2019.

These players join previously announced commitments of Tennis Hall of Famer Kim Clijsters, two-time Olympic medalist Jack Sock and Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Neal Skupski, who will compete on the defending champion New York Empire. Americans Caty McNally, Jessica Pegula and Mackenzie McDonald will be playing on the Springfield Lasers this season.

Fernandez is the second Canadian in the WTT player field, with two-time Major semifinalist Eugenie Bouchard competing with Americans Jennifer Brady, John Isner and Steve Johnson on the Orange County Breakers.

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