In September 2021, Emma Raducanu made history by becoming the first qualifier and youngest British player to win a Grand Slam title at the US Open. This unbelivable run saw her rise to British No.1 and inside the top-25 rankings for the first time in her career.

Earlier this year, Emma made her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon, where she reached the fourth round - becoming the youngest British woman to progress to the last 16 of The Championships in the Open Era. 

Emma is supported by the LTA Pro Scholarship Programme, the highest level of support offered to developing players aged between 16 and 24 with the best chance of reaching the ATP/WTA top 100 singles.

Emma is an ambassador for LTA Youth - the new and innovative junior programme to help more children aged 4-18 enjoy tennis. 

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Get to know Emma

  • Place of birth: Toronto
  • Lives: Bromley, Kent
  • Coach: Andrew Richardson
  • Favourite surface: Hard
  • Favourite shot: Forehand
  • Tennis beginnings: Born in Toronto but living in the UK from the age of two, Emma first started playing tennis at the age of five and has long been regarded as one of the brightest talents in British tennis.
  • First title: Emma won the ITF $15k title in May 2018, followed by her first ITF $25k title in December 2019. 
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Get to know Emma

  • Place of birth: Toronto
  • Lives: Bromley, Kent
  • Coach: Andrew Richardson
  • Favourite surface: Hard
  • Favourite shot: Forehand
  • Tennis beginnings: Born in Toronto but living in the UK from the age of two, Emma first started playing tennis at the age of five and has long been regarded as one of the brightest talents in British tennis.
  • First title: Emma won the ITF $15k title in May 2018, followed by her first ITF $25k title in December 2019. 

Tennis career

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Was beaten by Harriet Dart in the opening round of the Viking Open Nottingham, but reached the quarter-finals of the Nottingham Trophy. 

Was handed a wildcard to The Championships women's singles draw and made her debut at SW19. Made history by becoming the youngest British woman in the Open Era to reach the last 16 of Wimbledon but was forced to retire in the second set of her fourth round match against Ajla Tomljanović due to breathing difficulty.

Made her WTA debut at the Silicon Valley Classic after being handed a wildcard into the event but was beaten in the first round by China's Zhang Shuai. Reached the final of a WTA 125 tournament in Chicago where she lost out to Denmark's Clara Tauson.

In only her second Grand Slam event, Emma won ten matches in a row to lift the US Open women's singles title - becoming the youngest British major winner in history. She defeated Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, 17th seed Maria Sakkari and fellow teenage star Leylah Fernandez en route to becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title.

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Was part of Britain's Billie Jean King Cup team who travelled to play Slovakia in Bratislava in February.

Reached the final of a $25k ITF event in Sunderland in February and then later in the year won the St George's Hill UK Pro Series Classic and Premier British Tour summer and winter titles.

Competed in the Battle of the Brits Premier League of Tennis in December and beat fellow Brits Eden Silva and Katy Dunne in straight sets, before eventually losing in three sets to British No.2 Heather Watson.

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  • Was part of the winning Bulldogs team in the Battle of the Brits in August of 2020.
  • Made her Wimbledon main draw debut in 2021.
  • Becoming the youngest British woman in the Open Era to reach the last 16 of Wimbledon 2021.
  • At the 2021 US Open she became the first qualifier, man or woman, to reach and win a Grand Slam final in the Open Era.
  • She's the first British female winner at Flushing Meadows since Virginia Wade in 1968.
  • The first qualifier in the Open era to win a Slam.
  • The youngest Briton to win a Grand Slam title and youngest women's Slam champion since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004.
  • The first woman to win the US Open without dropping a set since Serena Williams in 2014.
  • Rising to British No.1 following her run at the 2021 US Open.

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Showed promise at an early age, finishing third in Orange Bowl 14U category, and fifth in the 12U category.

Won a Bronze Medal at the 12U Winter European Cup and won a Tennis Europe event in each of the following age groups: 11U (Bressuire), 12U (Braga) and 14U (Zoetermeer). 

Won UK National Champion titles at 9U, 12U and 16U.

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Hoping to inspire the next generation to pick up a racket and play tennis – Emma is one of three ambassadors for the LTA’s new junior tennis programme, LTA Youth.

It doesn’t matter your age, background or ability, LTA Youth is designed to help more children aged 4-18 enjoy tennis. The programme is fun, inclusive and competitive: with sessions designed to ensure children have an enjoyable and positive, progressive experience.

Emma recently headed back to her old primary school in Bromley to get the kids out playing tennis on the playground and encourage them to keep active on court.

FAQs

When did Emma Raducanu start playing tennis? When did Emma Raducanu start playing tennis? addremove

Emma first started playing tennis at the age of five at her local park courts in Bromley. Her Dad was a huge inspiration for her growing up and the pair used to play regularly at Bromley Tennis Centre. This was where Emma won her first tournament aged six in the 8&U competition.

What junior titles has Emma Raducanu won? What junior titles has Emma Raducanu won? addremove

Rising through the ranks, Emma has always been one of the brightest stars both nationally and internationally from a young age. Here are just a few of the many titles she won as a junior and some of her other amazing achievements:

  • Kent County Closed Junior Championships 9&U girls singles
  • Beckenham LTA Winter Regional Tournament 9&U girls singles
  • Bournemouth Open 9&U girls singles
  • Graves Tennis Centre LTA Winter National 9&U girls singles
  • Cambridge LTA Winter National 10&U girls singles
  • Bressuire Tennis Europe 11&U girls singles
  • National Tennis Centre LTA National Winter Tour Finals 12&U girls singles
  • Braga Open, Portugal 12&U girls singles
  • Bronze medal at the 12&U Winter European Cup with Great Britain
  • Fifth at the Orange Bowl 12&U girls singles in Miami
  • Bath Compete Open Tennis Festival 14&U and 16&U girls singles
  • Zoetermeer Tennis Europe 14&U girls singles
  • Road to Wimbledon finalist 14&U girls singles
  • Roehampton Tennis Europe 14&U girls singles
  • Nike Junior International Liverpool 18&U girls singles (youngest ever champion)
  • Third at the Orange Bowl 14&U girls singles in Miami
  • ITF Junior Tennis Grade 4 Hamburg
  • ITF Junior Tennis Grade 4 Oslo
  • ITF Junior Tennis Grade 3 Chandigarh
  • ITF Junior Tennis Grade 2 New Dehli
  • ITF Junior Tennis Grade 2 Siauliai Open
  • ITF Junior Tennis Grade 2 Moldova
  • Junior Wimbledon quarter-finalist
  • Junior US Open quarter-finalist

When did Emma Raducanu win her first title? When did Emma Raducanu win her first title? addremove

Emma won her first senior title at the ITF $15K event in Tiberias, Israel at the age of 15 in May 2018. She battled through 45 degree heat without dropping a set to become the youngest player that year to reach an ITF final.

Later that year she doubled her tally, winning her second ITF $15K title in October at the GD Tennis Cup in Antalya, Turkey.

Did Emma Raducanu play Wimbledon junior events? Did Emma Raducanu play Wimbledon junior events? addremove

In 2018, Emma reached the quarter-finals of the girl’s singles event at Junior Wimbledon – losing to eventual winner and future French Open champion, Iga Swiatek. Along the way, Emma defeated Leylah Fernandez in the second round, who she would next face in the US Open final.

She also reached the quarter-finals stages of the Junior US Open that same year.

When did Emma Raducanu become the British No.1? When did Emma Raducanu become the British No.1? addremove

Emma’s historic run to become the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam in September 2021, saw her jump 127 places in the WTA rankings to No.23 and to become the 22nd British No.1 of the Open Era.

Has Emma Raducanu played for Great Britain in the Billie Jean King Cup? Has Emma Raducanu played for Great Britain in the Billie Jean King Cup? addremove

Emma got her first call up to the British team in 2019 at the age of 17 for an away tie against Slovakia.

After selecting the teenager as part of the squad, team captain Anne Keothavong said: "I still remember the first time I clapped eyes on her she was only about 11 years of age and I was doing my LTA coaching course. I remember saying to another one of the coaches I’m going to have to go full out here against her she’s that good. Emma always had something special.”

Did Emma Raducanu play in the Battle of the Brits? Did Emma Raducanu play in the Battle of the Brits? addremove

Competing for the British Bulldogs in the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis event, Emma was one of the stars of the event, with fans watching the coverage declaring her as a star of the future.

One standout moment saw her play alongside fellow US Open champion, Joe Salisbury, in a mixed doubles match to defeat Andy Murray and Jodie Burrage 4-6 6-4 10-8 to help the Bulldogs claim the title.

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