British sensation Emma Raducanu donates the Nike outfit from her victorious US Open campaign to the Tennis Hall of Fame after shock grand slam win in New York
- Emma Raducanu’s outfit from the US Open final will go in the Tennis Hall of Fame
- The 18-year-old beat Canada’s Leylah Fernandez in the Flushing Meadows final
- She became the first British woman to win a major singles title for 44 years
- Raducanu says she will not be deterred from travelling to the Australian Open
- Main draw stars for the Australian Open face the prospect of missing Christmas
- Raducanu is searching for a new coach after splitting from Andrew Richardson
Emma Raducanu’s outfit from her victorious US Open campaign will be displayed at the Tennis Hall of Fame after the 18-year-old Briton became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam.
Raducanu defeated Canada’s Leylah Fernandez in the Flushing Meadows final earlier this month to become the first British woman to win a major singles title for 44 years, climbing 128 places to 22nd spot in the world rankings after her victory.
She has now decided to donate her Nike outfit from the final to the Tennis Hall of Fame, which is located in Newport, Rhode Island.
‘A legendary run: preserved,’ the Tennis Hall of Fame tweeted on Monday.
‘Thank you, @EmmaRaducanu, for donating your memorable #USOpen outfit to the ITHF collection!’
It has been a whirlwind few weeks for Raducanu since that glorious evening in New York. She has attended a host of celebrity events and has global brands lining up to partner with her.
Raducanu attended the Met Gala in New York alongside a host of A-list names and also played tennis with the Duchess of Cambridge at a homecoming event on Friday.
But her attention has now shifted back to the court and Raducanu says she will not be deterred from travelling to the next Grand Slam tournament in Australia – even if that means having Christmas away from home.
Emma Raducanu’s outfit from her US Open victory will be displayed at the Tennis Hall of Fame
Main draw players for the Australian Open face the prospect of flying out from the Middle East over the festive period, in order to serve the quarantine arrangements before warm-up tournaments begin.
The new US Open champion, one of the approximate 50-60 per cent of tennis players who has been double vaccinated, says she will be prepared to do that ahead of what will be a very different experience for her at a Major.
‘Whatever needs to be done to be able to play the Australian I’ll do,’ she said. ‘It’s not even in my mind, I just want to be at the Australian Open, and want to compete there so whatever it takes to do, I’ll go.’
But one person who will not be in Australia with Raducanu is Andrew Richardson, the coach who helped her to US Open glory.
Raducanu announced they had parted ways last week and is now searching for an experienced mentor to help guide her through her next steps on tour.
The search for a new coach will involve her main manager at IMG, Max Eisenbud, drawing up a list of potential candidates who are deemed to have the necessary experience of the elite end of the women’s game, and the week-to-week grind of the tour.
However, it is Raducanu’s father Ian who is likely to have the decisive say in who gets the job.
Raducanu is searching for a new coach after parting ways with Andrew Richardson last week
Richardson (second from right) was a key figure in Raducanu’s small team in New York
Richardson, a former pro player himself who was best man at Tim Henman’s wedding, took over as Raducanu’s coach after her memorable Wimbledon run earlier this summer, when she emotionally retired in the fourth round due to breathing issues.
He sparked a dramatic turnaround, from Raducanu pulling out at SW19 to her winning a Grand Slam without dropping a set in 10 matches just a matter of weeks later.
Despite the remarkable success their partnership brought, Raducanu has now decided she needs a coach with a WTA Tour pedigree despite Richardson’s involvement triggering one of the greatest sporting upsets of all time.
Richardson, 47, previously coached the 18-year-old at Bromley Tennis Centre and was chosen to accompany Raducanu, who has also been coached by Andy Murray’s father-in-law Nigel Sears, on her US trip because of their familiarity with one another.
On her conversation with Richardson, Raducanu said: ‘Obviously having such an experience with your team, it’s tough to have that conversation with anyone, but I think for me it’s just really what I need.’
Raducanu attended a homecoming event on Friday with the Duchess of Cambridge (left)
The British No 1 spoke and played with the Duchess of Cambridge in Roehampton last week
Raducanu is now back in training and is mulling over where to return to the tour.
The British No 1 is now expected to make her return to the court on October 4 after pulling out of next week’s Chicago Fall Tennis Classic event.
She is also down as an entrant for the Kremlin Cup next month, but will do so without Richardson – whom Raducanu describes as ‘a very calming character’ after winning in New York – by her side.
She said: ‘I’ll decide in the next few days where I’m going to go to but, wherever I play next, I’m going to make sure I’m ready. I don’t want to jump into things too early.’
Last week the new British No 1 – who moved up from No 150 to No 23 in the latest world rankings – attended a homecoming event and was pictured playing with the Duchess of Cambridge in Roehampton.
The LTA put together the special soirée to mark the achievements of Raducanu and three other British players who tasted success in Flushing Meadows earlier this month: Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett and Joe Salisbury.
Afterwards, during an online BBC show, Raducanu was asked if she had more nerves playing Kate Middleton or her US Open final opponent Fernandez, and replied: ‘I was actually very nervous playing the Duchess – I was like: ”Don’t miss, don’t miss”.’
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