Andy Murray sends private message to Emma Raducanu after US Open win
Andy Murray sent Emma Raducanu a private message after her US Open win.
The 18-year-old became the first British female to win a singles Grand Slam in 44 years on Saturday by beating fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 in New York.
Murray garnered criticism for not publicly praising her Bromley-based sensation as she continued her meteoric rise at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Raducanu took part in just her first Grand Slam event this summer at Wimbledon, pulling out in the fourth round due to feeling unwell.
The superstar is now a household name despite being relatively unknown just a few months ago and has caught the attention of a fellow British tennis star.
Following her emphatic win – failing to lose in a single set throughout her 10-game campaign, including the pulsating final – Murray got in touch with Raducanu to congratulate her.
A fan had tweeted: '@andy_murray cannot believe you are not shouting from the skies about @EmmaRaducanu We are all so proud of all your achievements, does this take you back? Here’s hoping Emma has a great career ahead'.
Another followed with: 'Is it to do with the fact that Emma dropped his father in law as her coach?'.
But the Daily Mail report that Murray in fact privately messaged the teenager just weeks after she dumped Murray's father-in-law – Nigel Sears, father of his wife Kim – as her coach on the eve of her Stateside triumph.
Raducanu instead went with her youth coach, Andrew Richardson, said to be a 'calming' presence, who until recently had been head tennis coach at a private school in Suffolk.
Richardson was notably best man at the legendary Tim Henman's wedding.
His player will now take the £1.8 million prize money back to England after captivating the nation and going from 150th in the world rankings to 23rd over the course of the tournament.
Raducanu has also entered tennis royalty by ending Britain's 44-year wait for a female singles Grand Slam champion after Virginia Wade was the last woman to do so at Wimbledon in 1977.
One-time Wimbledon champion Pat Cash labelled the Canada-born phenomenon's success "mindboggling".
"This [a qualifier winning a Grand Slam] is something I never could have believed would happen," the Australian told BBC Radio 5 Live.
Henman himself, on punditry duty for Amazon Prime, vowed: "She will win more of these [Grand Slams], she is that good.
"I think I am going to wake up. It is so unbelievable. It is flabbergasting to see this performance. This is not some flash in the pan or fairytale," he stated.
"She is playing 'top-five tennis.
"Her world will be turned upside down but she has good people around her and it will be a hell of a ride if she can stay injury free."
Raducanu had only made her WTA Tour main draw debut at the Nottingham Open in June, gaining entry via a wildcard selection, having turned professional three years ago.
Even Queen Elizabeth II got in touch to say: "I send my congratulations to you on your success.
"It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication."
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