Andy Murray believes that Emma Raducanu’s win at the US Open will attract more people to tennis. He said very special” US Open win has presented British tennis with a “huge opportunity” to do just that
The 18-year-old is the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in 44 years. She defeated Leylah Fernandez in the final to make history. Emma Raducanu also became the first qualifier in history to claim a major.
“It was incredible what she did there,” former US Open champion Murray said.
“What she did in New York was very special, a huge boost for British tennis and gives hopefully the governing bodies an opportunity to capitalise on that and get more and more kids involved in the sport.
“It’s great what she did and a huge opportunity for British tennis now.”
Emma Raducanu’s win receives high praise from Judy Murray
Murray, 34, said he “knew she was extremely good. Her run to the fourth round at Wimbledon was a telling “glimpse of how good she could be”.
“I’ve spent a little bit of time around her on the practice court, but more so in the same building, training close to each other, and watching what she’s doing, and she’s obviously really, really good,” the former world number one said.
Former British Fed Cup captain Judy Murray Andy’s mothers said that Raducanu’s victory could be a game-changing moment for the sport in the UK.
“I’m absolutely sure that what she’s done and the way that she engages is going to attract many more girls into tennis.
“She’s burst into our consciousness. It’s a huge opportunity for British tennis to really take advantage of that and open the sport up to as many girls as possible.
“We need to take the sport to new audiences, places where it currently doesn’t exist and where there’s very little of it.”