Due to unforeseen circumstances, Leylah Fernandez has decided to pull out of her scheduled exhibition match against Cori Gauff at the Atlanta Open. At the French Open, Fernandez suffered a Grade 3 stress fracture and has been sidelined ever since. The July 24 exhibition match between Fernandez and Gauff was planned.
Taylor Townsend has been drafted to take Fernandez’s place. “In other words, hey there. So, I thought I’d fill you in on the latest development. I am resting my foot for the next week per my doctor’s orders, so I won’t be competing in any events.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it to Atlanta. And while it breaks my heart, I do wish the best of luck to Coco and hope that the fans and players alike enjoy the tournament.
Bye. Until then, take care, “According to Fernandez.
Despite the severity of his injury, Fernandez continued to play.
Even though Fernandez was obviously in pain and discomfort during her French Open quarterfinal match against Martina Trevisan, she continued to play on.
Even after giving it her all, Fernandez was unable to beat Trevisan and the injury, losing in three sets. Fernandez ignored the discomfort in her foot at first, but as it persisted, she realized it was serious.
“I felt a pinch in my third round match and I didn’t think anything of it,” Fernandez said to TSN. When it first happened, I assumed it was just a small cut on my foot, but throughout the week, it became increasingly painful.
It wasn’t great in my most recent match, and it wasn’t great the day before either. We thought it would set us up well for the semifinals, but it didn’t work out. The pain was very severe. At first it felt like a pinch, but then the pain intensified.
The inability to plant my foot properly made normal walking difficult. On August 1st, when the Citi Open begins in Washington, Fernandez will make his return to competition.