Leylah Fernandez pulls out of exhibition versus Cori Gauff

Leylah Fernandez has announced she won’t be clashing Cori Gauff in an exhibition match at the Atlanta Open. 

Fernandez sustained a Grade 3 stress fracture at the French Open and she has been out since. 

The exhibition match between Fernandez and Gauff was scheduled for July 24. 

Fernandez will now replaced by Taylor Townsend. 

“Hey, guys. So I just wanted to give you a quick update. While my foot is recovering, I am following my doctor’s orders, which are that I will not be able to compete for the next coming week. So, I’m very, very sad to say that I will not be in Atlanta. And even though it’s heartbreaking for me, I hope that everyone — the fans and the players — will enjoy their time at the tournament and I want to wish Coco good luck. Bye. See you next time,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez refused to retire and aggravated the injury

Fernandez was clearly in pain and discomfort during her French Open quarterfinal versus Martina Trevisan but refused to retire. 

Fernandez left it all out there but couldn’t overcame Trevisan and the injury as she fell short in three sets. 

At first, Fernandez wasn’t giving too much attention to her foot pain but realized it was something serious after her pain started to gradually increase. 

“I felt a pinch in my third round match and I didn’t think anything of it,” Fernandez told TSN. “I thought it would be a normal little nick on my foot, but then as the week progressed it was getting worse and worse. In my last match, and even the day before, it wasn’t that great. We were hoping it would be good for the quarterfinals, but it did not go well. It was a sharp pain. At first it was a pinch and then afterwards it was a sharp pain. It was hard to put my foot down and then it was just hard to walk normally.”

Fernandez is expected to return to action at the Citi Open in Washington, which kicks off on August 1.