Winning a Grand Slam title at a young age means a lot to the player and to the people involved in the process. However, Emma Raducanu’s parents haven’t experienced much difference since her US Open the year prior. On the other hand, winning a major title is like a way for the tennis player to gain self-confidence and improve her sporting abilities.
The tennis player’s triumph at the US Open gave her native soil its lost major championship title after Virginia Wade in 1977. She is the first British tennis player to claim a Grand Slam title after 44 years, after the 1977 Wimbledon. The former Grand Slam winner gained notoriety after an outstanding Wimbledon performance the previous year. Ever since then, she has been unstoppable.
In a recent in-depth interview with Grazia UK, the 2021 US Open champion discussed several parts of her life. In addition, she discussed how, despite having won a significant championship at such a young age, nothing has changed. Furthermore, even to her parents, she played the big championship match like any other event she would on a typical Friday or Saturday night.
The interview mentioned, “However, back home in Bromley, where she still lives with her parents, Renee and Ian, it’s business as usual, ‘[Winning the US Open] wasn’t a big deal at all for my family – it was just like a normal Friday or Saturday night. I’ve never gone out. I’ve never done any normal teenage things,’ she shrugs, matter-of-factly. ‘Between training and the travel, [the lifestyle] takes some getting used to, but I like to be on my own and it’s always about the bigger picture.’”
She also mentioned that she hasn’t engaged in typical teenage activities and has never gone out. She is constantly preoccupied with training and traveling for her matches. Emma continued by saying that she enjoys her alone time and that the broader picture always comes first.
Raducanu receives MBE from King Charles III
The US Open champion recently received the designation of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) during an investiture ceremony. King Charles III awarded Raducanu for her contribution to tennis that came after 44 years in the country.
Raducanu defeated the Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez to claim her maiden major victory. However, she did not have a successful year, though, as evidenced by her early exit from the US Open and other Slam tournaments this year.