Emma Raducanu hasn’t been short of messages of congratulations since her stunning US Open win, but she was particularly honoured to receive a note from the Queen.
British tennis superstar Emma Raducanu will be framing her letter from the Queen after saying she was “extremely honoured” that Her Majesty took notice of her US Open victory.
Raducanu became Britain’s first female Grand Slam champion in 44 years after beating Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 at Flushing Meadows, and her fairy tale became even more surreal when she received a royal stamp of approval.
Speaking outside the Arthur Ashe Stadium, the 18-year-old said: ‘It meant everything to get a message from Her Majesty. She’s such a great inspiration and role model for the whole country so to have a note from her… I was extremely honoured and very very grateful that she took notice of my tennis. I can’t believe it. I’m maybe going to frame that letter or something.”
A prompt message was sent to Raducanu on Saturday night after she’d beaten fellow teenager Fernandez, and read: “I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships. It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication.
“I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent, Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players. I send my warmest good wishes to you and your many supporters.”
The Queen wasn’t the only member of the royal family to be impressed, however.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took to their joint Twitter account to praise Raducanu’s “stunning” displays, while also congratulating Fernandez, 19.
“Huge congratulations Emma Raducanu on your stunning performances and historic Grand Slam victory! Incredible – we are all so proud of you,” they said.
“Leylah Fernandez well done on your amazing achievements at this year’s US Open, it’s been a pleasure to watch.”
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall echoed similar sentiments.
“Congratulations to Emma Raducanu on your US Open win – what a fantastic achievement. We are all so proud.
“Well done to Leylah Fernandez today too. An outstanding match between two inspiring young women – we can’t wait to see where you go next.”
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The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, also embraced Raducanu’s incredible triumph.
“What a sensational match! Huge congratulations to Emma Raducanu,” he tweeted. “You showed extraordinary skill, poise, and guts and we are all hugely proud of you.”
Raducanu, who arrived in New York ranked 150 world, earned £1.8 million for her stunning win.