After her historic US Open win, Emma Raducanu – who is back in training after a whirlwind few weeks – gave an indication of when she will return to on-court competition
Emma Raducanu has revealed the next steps of her career after basking in her unprecedented US Open triumph.
Raducanu became the first qualifier in the sport’s history to win a Grand Slam, and did so without dropping a set.
It was the 18-year-old’s second appearance at such a tournament after reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon, and her win has seen her become a global sporting superstar.
Raducanu attended the exclusive Met Gala just days after her win, receiving a last-minute invitation before becoming an ambassador of Tiffany & Co.
After returning to the UK recently, the world number 23 gave an update regarding her return to on-court competition.
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“I will decide in the next few days where I’m gonna go next,” Raducanu said.
“I haven’t actually had so much time to switch off and rest but yeah I love what I do, back training is exactly where I want to be and wherever I go next I’ll make sure I’m ready to play and compete.”
On Friday at a special homecoming event, Raducanu played tennis with Kate Middleton when the Duchess of Cambridge was visiting the Lawn Tennis Association’s National Tennis Centre.
The Duchess, reportedly an enormous tennis fan, had previously publicly praised and congratulated the teenager on her incredible achievement.
She also met Raducanu’s fellow US Open champions Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewitt, who won the men’s wheelchair doubles, and Joe Salisbury.
Salisbury won the mixed doubles tournament alongside American Desirae Krawczyk, and the Duchess was full of praise for the four British champions.
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She referred to them as ‘amazing’ while also saying: “Guys, honestly, congratulations!
“It’s so nice for all of you to be back here in your home country so we can celebrate you in the home of British tennis.”
Raducanu could qualify for the 2021 WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico, if she continues her meteoric rise and stellar end to the calendar year.
However, if she misses out, the teenager will be targeting further success in January’s Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the new season.