The 19-year-old from Montreal is taking the sports world by storm!
It's been a whirlwind week for Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez at the U.S. Open and she revealed that the secret to Canada's success in tennis is, of course, maple syrup.
After she won her quarterfinal match on September 7, the 19-year-old was asked what people are being fed up north that's making Canadian players so good at this competition. "I would say it's the maple syrup. The Canadian maple syrup are very good," Fernandez said.
In a post-match interview on the court with TSN, Fernandez was asked to make sure her fellow Canadian tennis player Félix Auger-Aliassime got maple syrup for his match that was coming up later that night. "I'm going to give him a huge jar of maple syrup," she said.
Auger-Aliassime went on to win his quarterfinal match, becoming the first Canadian man to reach the singles semi-finals at the U.S. Open.
This actually isn't the first time that a Canadian tennis player has brought up the magic of maple syrup. Back in 2020, Vasek Pospisil was caught drinking maple syrup straight from the jar during a match at the Open Sud de France and he later told TSN that he's "a huge maple syrup guy."
Pospisil also encouraged people to go and order the "Vasek Pospisil" at Tim Hortons, a coffee with maple syrup!
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