Leylah Fernandez says she will not compete in this year’s Billie Jean King Cup Finals, leaving Canada without its top two players for the international women’s tennis tournament.
Tennis Canada said Thursday that Fernandez, the world’s 28th, will be replaced by Carol Zhao of Toronto.
Fernandez, 19, from Laval, Que., Is in the midst of a breakout season that saw her advance to the US Open final, where she lost to British teenager Emma Raducanu.
Leylah Fernandez, Felix Auger-Aliassime in Montreal after long races at the US Open
Canada’s acting captain Sylvain Bruneau says it’s been a long season for Fernandez and understands her decision.
Bianca Andreescu, Canada’s top-ranked player, previously said that she would not participate in the Billie Jean King Cup Finals and would instead focus on preparing for the upcoming WTA Tour season.
Zhao joins Rebecca Marino from Vancover, Gabriela Dabrowski from Ottawa and Françoise Abanda from Montreal on Team Canada for the tournament, which begins on November 1.
Fernández has a bright future after the loss at the US Open
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