Andy Murray: Emma Raducanu’s victory offers ‘huge opportunity’ for British tennis | Tennis News

Kentish teenager Emma Raducanu took New York by storm, not losing a set en route to victory as she became the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam crown; compatriot Andy Murray was asked about the 18-year-old after his Rennes Open first round victory over Yannick Maden

Last updated: 09/13/21 23:29

Emma Raducanu's win at US Open could be historic moment for British tennis

Emma Raducanu’s win at US Open could be historic moment for British tennis

Andy Murray hailed Emma Raducanu’s “incredible” victory at the US Open and spoke of a “huge opportunity” for British tennis.

The Kent teenager Raducanu took New York by storm, not losing a set en route to victory as she became the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam crown.

His compatriot Murray was asked about the 18-year-old during a press conference on Monday after his Rennes Open first round victory over Yannick Maden.

The three-time Grand Slam winner said: “It was amazing what she did there. I think for a lot of people involved in British tennis we knew she was extremely good.

“She hadn’t competed a lot in the last 18 months or so with school and the coronavirus and that sort of thing, but I think at Wimbledon (where Raducanu reached the fourth round) everyone has it. sort of a glimpse of how good it could be.

“I spent a bit of time with her on the training ground, but more time in the same building, training close to each other and watching what she does, and she is obviously very, very good. .

“But what she did in New York was very special, a huge boost for British tennis and hopefully gives the governing bodies an opportunity to capitalize on that and involve more and more people. children in sports.

“It’s great what she did and a huge opportunity for British tennis now.”

Raducanu, who beat Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez in the final, is the first Briton to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.

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