Britain is indeed in a state of Raducanumania this weekend after teenage tennis star Emma Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez of Canada to become the first British women’s Grand Slam champion in singles in 44 years.
Raducanu is also the youngest Grand Slam finalist since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004 and the first British woman to achieve that victory since Virginia Wade won that same tournament in 1977.
Raducanu was born in Ontario, Canada, on November 13, 2002 to Ian and Renee Raducanu, financial industry professionals originally from Romania and China, who later moved to London when their daughter was just two years old.
The family settled in Bromley, Greater London and Emma began playing tennis at age five, then attended Newstead Wood School, a grammar school selective and earned an A in mathematics and an A in economics among his A-levels, later crediting her alma mater with helping her in her game.
“It seems to me that it has actually helped me with my career on the court and also in the way that I can absorb a lot of information,” she said in an interview with the Roland Garros website, “I feel like on the court I am more tactically astute. What others”.
She trained at the Bromley Tennis Center from the age of 10 to 16 and the manager of the establishment, James Carlton, told Sky News: “She is incredibly determined and determined. He works very hard. The center is next to his school, so it was here before, after and sometimes during ”.
“We often saw her doing homework between sessions. She was here every day and when she was on the court you could see she was putting everything into it. Doing that while maintaining his education and academia is even more impressive. “
Her parents have clearly been key to her development, tirelessly pursuing her interests and encouraging her to participate in extracurricular activities from an early age, from ballet, skiing and horse riding to dirt biking.
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“To some extent they have been aggressive,” he admits. “Not only in tennis, but in everything. I think I have developed that mentality from a very young age.
“My mother’s side of the family, when I go to China, they are mentally resilient. It’s like nothing can bring them down. I would say that much of my inspiration is thanks to her. My mom has worked very hard. “
While Raducanu’s mother has a reputation for being “down to earth,” a former coach told The Daily Telegraph that her father is considered “a bit eccentric” in tennis circles, citing his suggestion that his daughter should have a different coach for each style of play, similar to a professional golfer.
Ian Raducanu also surprised by firing veteran coach Nigel Sears, even after his daughter entered the fourth round at Wimbledon this summer despite ranking 338th in the world.
“His perspective on tennis is broad,” former British number one and Andy Murray coach Mark Petchey told The Daily Mail about his own experiences working with the Raducanus. “He likes to think outside the box. As a coach, he challenges you; his opinion is that the coach does not necessarily know everything. I think you know well what your daughter’s particular needs are. “
Sadly, Ian and Renee Raducanu were unable to be in New York this summer to watch their daughter defeat US Open opponents because traveling to the country, which still suffers from increasing cases of the Delta variant of covid-19, currently requires a Special exemption visa, which can result in a complex and bureaucratic process to acquire.
However, they could seem to try harder when it comes to keeping in touch, having “dumped” Emma after she defeated Shelby Rogers in the quarterfinals.
“I have a lot of messages from my friends at school,” Raducanu said Tuesday. “It’s really good that we are still in touch even though we have left. I mean, it was a short time ago. “
“But my parents actually, I [dejaron en visto] after the game, “he laughed.” I texted them, but they didn’t reply even though they were online! Yeah, that meant something. “
Despite her absence, the tennis star is surrounded by a vital coaching staff on the other side of the Atlantic, helping her stay focused and prepared.
Raducanu’s support team includes Andrew “Flex” Richardson, his coach from the Bromley Tennis Center days; ace physio Will Herbert; former player and agent Christopher Helliar; Leon Smith, captain of the GB Davis Cup team; and Iain Bates, director of women’s tennis for the Lawn Tennis Association.