Andy Murray has sent Emma Raducanu a private message after her US Open win.
The 18-year-old became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam in singles in 44 years on Saturday, beating compatriot Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 in New York.
Murray has drawn criticism for not publicly praising her Bromley-based sensation as she continued her meteoric rise at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Raducanu only appeared in his first Grand Slam tournament this summer at Wimbledon, retiring in the fourth round due to malaise.
The superstar is now known despite being relatively unknown just a few months ago and has caught the eye of another British tennis star.
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After her emphatic victory – having not lost in a single set throughout her 10-game campaign, including the thrilling final – Murray reached out to Raducanu to congratulate her.
One fan tweeted: “@andy_murray can’t believe you aren’t screaming from the sky about @EmmaRaducanu We are all so proud of all of your accomplishments, does that take you back? Hoping that Emma has a great career ahead of her ”.
Another followed with, “Does this have to do with Emma giving up her stepfather as a coach?”.
But the Daily Mail reports that Murray actually sent the teenager a private message just weeks after ditching Murray’s stepfather – Nigel Sears, father of his wife Kim – as a coach on the eve of his triumph in the States. -United.
Instead, Raducanu went with her youth coach Andrew Richardson, who would have been a “calming” presence, who until recently was the head coach of tennis at a private school in Suffolk.
Richardson was notably a witness at the wedding of the legendary Tim Henman.
His player will now take home the £ 1.8million prize in England after captivating the nation and moving from 150th overall to 23rd in the tournament.
Raducanu also entered tennis royalty by ending Britain’s 44-year wait for a Grand Slam singles champion after Virginia Wade was the last woman to do so at Wimbledon in 1977.
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash called the success of the Canadian-born phenomenon “mind-boggling.”
“This [a qualifier winning a Grand Slam] is something I never could have believed would happen, ”the Australian told BBC Radio 5 Live.
Henman himself, on expert duty for Amazon Prime, swore: “She will earn more [Grand Slams], she’s so good.
“I think I’m going to wake up. It’s so amazing. It’s amazing to see this performance. It’s not a flash in the pan or a fairy tale,” he said.
“She plays tennis in the top five.
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“Her world will be turned upside down but she has good people around her and it will be a hell of a ride if she can stay injury-free.”
Raducanu had only made his WTA Tour main draw debut at the Nottingham Open in June, winning entry via wildcard selection, turning pro three years ago.
Even Queen Elizabeth II got in touch to say, “Congratulations on your success.
“This is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and a testament to your hard work and dedication.”