Very special Raducanu title, says Murray

LONDON: Andy Murray (Photo) described Emma Raducanu’s US Open title as “very special” after she became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in 44 years on Saturday.

Nine years after Murray won the first of his three Grand Slam titles at the US Open, 18-year-old Raducanu surprised the tennis world by beating compatriot Leylah Fernandez at Flushing Meadows.

Raducanu, the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title, has not lost a set throughout the tournament.

“It was amazing what she did there,” said Murray, who himself ended Britain’s 76-year wait for a men’s Grand Slam champion when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2012 final, told the BBC.

“What she did in New York was very special, a huge boost for British tennis and hopefully gives the governing bodies the opportunity to capitalize on that and involve more and more people. kids in sport. It’s awesome what she’s done and a huge opportunity for UK tennis now. “

Murray, 34, who has long borne the burden of British tennis, said he knew how good Raducanu was when she reached the fourth round at Wimbledon earlier this year.

“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’s obviously really, really good.” , said the former global number. said one. – Reuters

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