'A star is born': Judy Murray tweets congratulations to Emma Raducanu

‘A star is born’: Judy Murray tweets her congratulations to Emma Raducanu after her US Open triumph

  • Judy Murray sent congratulations to Emma Raducanu over Twitter this morning
  • Murray, the former British Fed Cup captain and tennis coach, said ‘a star is born’
  • Lawn Tennis Association has shared video of Raducanu training with son Andy 

Judy Murray has tweeted her congratulations to US Open Champion and British tennis star Emma Raducanu after her historic victory in New York last night.

Andy Murray’s mother and former Fed Cup captain said of Emma’s victory ‘a star is born’ as she shared a childhood snap of Raducanu with a medal as a youngster.

Meanwhile the Lawn Tennis Association, British tennis’ governing body, shared a video of the 18-year-old rallying with three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray at the National Tennis Centre in London.

The LTA said: ‘Grand slam champion vs future grand slam champion?

‘Throwback to when Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu hit at the National Tennis Centre.’

Judy Murray, the former British Fed Cup Captain, shared this childhood image of Emma holding a medal as she congratulated the teenager on her historic victory at the US Open

The pair were filmed training at the NTC in December last year and the youngster impressed the former British number one with her skill.

Talking about the training session, Murray’s coach Jamie Delgado told the Times: ‘Andy is a big fan of Emma and thinks she’s an excellent player.

‘I remember Andy hitting with Naomi Osaka in Brisbane in 2018 and her intensity and ball-striking was so impressive. Emma reminded me of her…

‘It was the first time she had practiced with Andy and obviously there are going to be nerves. But with Andy hitting it really hard on a fast-ish indoor court, her ability to hit back with interest made it clear that she had something special.’

In the video, which has been viewed more than 195,000 times, young Emma can be seen trading shots with Sir Andy Murray seeming to hold her own against his powerful topspin. 

In her run to claim her first Grand Slam title, Raducanu referred to Andy Murray as one of her role models. 

Emma Raducanu trained with fellow Grand Slam Champion Andy Murray back in December

Murray prepares to train with 18-year-old Emma Raducanu at the National Tennis Centre

Raducanu made history in the States last night as the first qualifier, male or female, to ever win a Grand Slam and the first British woman to win a major tournament since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.

She is also the first Brit to win a Grand Slam since Andy Murray last won Wimbledon in 2016 and the first Brit to win the US Open since Murray’s victory in 2012. 

The 18-year-old from Kent fell to the ground and put her hands over her face after beating the 19-year-old Canadian 6-4, 6-3, in front of an enthralled Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows.

Millions back home were watching, including the Queen who sent a letter from Balmoral, writing: ‘It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication.’

She was joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who hailed her ‘stunning performances and historic Grand Slam victory!’

Boris Johnson said ‘we are all hugely proud of you’ as he praised Raducanu’s ‘extraordinary skill, poise and guts.’

Relaxed: Emma takes a break after trading rallies with Grand Slam champion Andy Murray

Murray trains with 18-year-old Emma Raducanu at the National Tennis Centre in London

Tennis pundits heralded the victory as not simply an historic triumph for a British player, but as a landmark victory for the sport.

‘It’s a miracle’ said former Wimbledon champion Chris Evert. ‘This is a kid no one had ever heard of until a couple of weeks ago. Now she’s the biggest name in sport. She’s stolen all our hearts.’

After her victory, Raducanu planted a kiss on the silver trophy and beamed at the adoring 24,000 fans inside the Arthur Ashe.

The Briton said: ‘Thank you to everyone here in New York for making me feel so at home from my first qualifying match all the way through to the finals. Leylah’s always going to play great tennis and always going to fight… I knew I had to dig deep.

‘I think it shows that the future of women’s tennis – and just the depth of the game right now – is so great. I think every single player in the women’s draw definitely has a shot of winning at any tournament.

‘I hope that the next generation can follow in the steps of some of the greatest legends’, she added, naming Billie Jean King, who presented her with the trophy.

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