Tennis fans across the world have been tuning in to the U.S. Open since August 30. With only a few days left of this tennis tournament, we're proud to say that a 19-year-old Montrealer, Leylah Fernandez, has made it to the semi-finals.
She's so good that she's even caught the eye of the iconic Magic Johnson.
Back on August 13, Fernandez dedicated an Instagram post to Montreal, saying "Montreal... thank you for the love and support this week. I am so proud to play in front of my home. It wasn't the result I was hoping for, but I am always learning."
If you're hoping to catch Fernandez in action, you can watch her play on Thursday, September 9, against Aryna Sabalenka. The time of the match has yet to be determined.
Nineteen-year-old tennis star Leylah Fernandez has been putting Quebec on the map with historic wins landing her in this weekend's U.S. Open final. Naturally, local leaders have been speaking out to commend her, but Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante seems to have gotten a little carried away with a hilarious slip of the tongue.
At a press conference on September 10, Mayor Plante was showering Fernandez with praise when she accidentally said a naughty word.
Oups. Amusant lapsus de Valérie Plante 🎾🍆 alors qu’elle parlait de Leylah Fernandez #polmtl https://t.co/h3aX8NnHoz
Quebec's new tennis superstar Leylah Fernandez is taking over the world one tennis match at a time and pretty much everyone has taken notice.
From politicians to professional athletes, everyone is heaping praise on the 19-year-old who has made her way to the U.S. Open final and, along the way, inspired a nation and seemingly, the entire world.
🇨🇦 @leylahfernandez IS A GRAND SLAM FINALIST! https://t.co/hK21AC2M8T
Despite a heated debate on Thursday night, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took time to praise Fernandez, claiming that he caught the beginning of the match before joining his fellow party leaders on the debate stage.
We’ve got a Canadian in the #USOpen final! Caught the start of the match before heading to the debate and I just wa… https://t.co/UumKJi826c
While Trudeau was one of the only party leaders to praise Fernandez's accomplishment, plenty of professional athletes ranging from basketball to pro wrestling heaped praise on the young tennis superstar.
The Toronto Raptors, who know what it takes to win a championship, called Fernandez's win "unbelievable."
Fernandez's fellow Canadian tennis stars are undoubtedly following her incredible rise to the top of their sport.
Bianca Andreescu, the highest-ranked Canadian tennis player ever who unfortunately got knocked out of the U.S. Open, offered her congratulations. And a fellow Quebecer who has a chance to get to the U.S. Open final himself, Felix Auger-Aliassime also congratulated his counterpart.
Quelle👏🏽 performance 👏🏽@leylahfernandez 👏🏽 Félicitations pour avoir atteint la FINALE de l'@usopen, on est derrière… https://t.co/t757DvMJwd
"The Canadian maple syrup are very good," she added.
Fernandez isn't the only Canadian athlete who has a deep love for maple syrup. Quebec cyclist Hugo Houle brought a little piece of Canada in his suitcase when he went to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: a can of maple syrup.
You can catch Fernandez in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Thursday, September 9.
The Canadian Olympic Committee's Athlete Excellence Fund (AEF) awards athletes who win gold, silver and bronze medals for Team Canada.
What's more is that the AEF doesn't have a cap for eligible athletes — if an athlete wins more than one medal, they're awarded the cash prize that matches it, regardless of whether they won the medal for a team sport or individually.
Gold medal winners receive $20,000 per medal, silver medal winners receive $15,000 per medal, and bronze medalists receive $10,000 per medal.
Outside of the Olympics, the AEF also offers $5,000 in funding for World Championships to support athletes' cost of living, training and competition expenses.
For the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Rimouski weightlifter Maude Charron is eligible for the $20,000 prize after winning a gold medal in the women's 64-kilogram competition.
Montreal divers Jennifer Abel and Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu can also each be awarded the $15,000 prize for gaining a silver medal during the women's 3-metre synchronized springboard final.
Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard — who hails from Montreal — is eligible for the $10,000 prize after snagging a bronze medal in women's judo.