Emma Raducanu wins Player of the Year at LTA Tennis Awards
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Emma Raducanu has been crowned LTA Player of the Year after making history with her US Open triumph.
Raducanu, 19, first broke through at Wimbledon, defying her ranking of 338th to reach the fourth round after receiving a wildcard to make her main draw debut.
And in New York she did not drop a set across three qualifying matches or seven main draw matches to become the first qualifier - male or female - to win a Grand Slam title.
She was announced as the winner by LTA Advantage member Jenny George at a live-streamed awards ceremony presented by LTA President David Rawlinson and hosted by the LTA’s Head of Men’s Tennis Leon Smith.
The LTA Tennis Awards are now in their seventh year and celebrate the achievements and contributions of outstanding tennis volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players across the country.
Raducanu was one of 17 national winners recognised at the awards ceremony on Thursday, which honoured individuals involved in tennis at grassroots, county, regional and national level.
Nominations were drawn from over 25,000 volunteers, nearly 5,000 coaches and 1,000 officials, 22,000 schools, nearly 3,000 clubs and over 9,000 LTA approved tournaments, with Raducanu recognised for her historic achievements at both SW19 and Flushing Meadows.
Raducanu became the youngest British woman in the Open Era to reach the second week at Wimbledon and the first British woman since Virginia Wade in 1977 to win a Grand Slam singles title.