TENNIS prodigy Emma Raducanu has crossed the path to global glory – but still insists she’s still an ordinary teenager told by her parents “big time”.
And despite becoming a overnight feeling – and a millionaire – when she won the US Open in September, she still used public transit and hung out with her old friends.
Now, at only 19 years old, she is the most beloved fugitive named BBC Sports Personality Of The Year next weekend at 1/6 odds.
Emma came to the UK at the age of two with her parents Ian and Renee when they moved from Canada. An only child, she grew up in Bromley, South East London, and she is credited with keeping her family strong.
And while she was surprised with New York celebrities love the Met Gala, and has appeared in fashion magazine Vogue, she says: “I’m still running my business.
“I still take the train and do the same journeys.
“I felt like I was the same person and continued everything I used to do. I don’t understand why I should change things. I’m a bit busy these days so I can’t hang out with my friends much, but it’s fun to chat and go places you’ve been.” And I have parents – who told me yesterday morning, a big time. ”
When asked what she did wrong, Emma laughed and said: “I said I was tired! Both told me. “
Now the UK’s top-rated female tennis player, last year Emma was an anonymous virtual ball hitting the wall of her garage while on lockdown.
On December 19, 2020 – the day this year will see the Sports Personality of the Year crowned – she won LTA British Tour Masters in front of a small number of spectators.
The performance has seen her selected by the owners of the All England Lawn Tennis Club to appear at the Wimbledon championships, where she stunned the sport by reaching the fourth round, became the youngest British woman to ever reach the final round of 16 in the modern era.
She withdrew from the match against Croatian Australian Ajla Tomljanovicćwith respiratory problems, later admitted that she was “overwhelmed”.
But she came back stronger three months later, winning the US Open without dropping a set and winning one of the biggest titles in the sport and a prize money of £1.8m. The first qualifying round to win a Grand Slam, her success made her a superstar and landed lucrative endorsement deals with Nike, French haute couture house Dior and luxury jewelry house Tiffany.
This girl scored A and A* in her A-level exam in the summer, which is now worth an estimated £4.5 million.
In an interview with tennis expert and former tennis player Andrew Castle, she said that 2021 is “a pretty year” for her. Emma added: “Yes, it was quite bizarre. I remember my birthday last year and I think it was one of those lockouts.
“I do not play. It’s amazing how things change in a year.
“It just goes to show that if you just keep your head down on your work without looking around and not paying attention, anything can happen.”
That “anything” would most likely include her being awarded Sports Personality of the Year.
Those she faced include diver Tom Daley, 27, swimmer and track athlete Adam Peaty, 26, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, 36, and boxing champion Tyson Fury, 33. As Emma will be training in the United Arab Emirates, she will not be at the ceremony. And while bookies have her odds to win, she doesn’t believe in it.
Emma instead supported her friend, F1 legend Lewis, to receive the award, and in doing so became the second man to hold the title three times, after tennis champion Andy Murray.
Emma said Lewis, who also won the title in 2014 and 2020, acted as a mentor to her after she found overnight fame.
She said: “I am preparing a speech? No, I mean, definitely not. I’m supporting Lewis.
“He’s been a great role model to me in helping me get through these next stages. He’s a really great person. When asked about Lewis’ advice, she continued: “He said, ‘Be patient, you’ve just got to get through the wave. All is good. Do not worry ‘. Do not worry. ”
Last month, Emma played in front of a home crowd for the first time since her victory at the US Open, defeating Elena-Gabriela Ruse of Romania in an exhibition match at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Currently coached by Torben Beltz – former instructor Angelique Kerber, former world No. 1 and three Grand Slam winner – Emma’s next contest will be another exhibit at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi on December 16 .
‘Just try to improve’
She will then complete the season in the Middle East before heading to Oz in January for the Australian Open.
After her victory at Albert Hall, she said: “My expectation is to keep improving. I would like to look back at the end of the year and see that I have accomplished in different areas.
“I know it will take a lot of patience to get where I want to be and perfect that consistency. It’s all about building strength. ”
And it’s about not taking the wrong side of her parents. . .
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