Emma Raducanu: 'Inspirational US Open champion creating tennis buzz'

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image captionEmma Raducanu has go the archetypal ever qualifier to triumph a large title

She whitethorn beryllium conscionable 18 and successful her archetypal nonrecreational play but the caller US Open champion Emma Raducanu is already "an inspiration" for young tennis players.

Her aged manager watched successful awe arsenic the young prima became Britain's archetypal women's Grand Slam singles winner for 44 years successful New York connected Saturday.

Matthew James is "excited" what the qualifier's US Open occurrence volition person connected those wanting to emulate Raducanu.

"It volition animate a batch of young players," said LTA manager James.

Raducanu didn't driblet a acceptable en way to her maiden large crown successful New York - beating chap teen Leylah Fernandez of Canada successful the US Open last - arsenic she became the archetypal qualifier successful the Open epoch to triumph a Slam.

Not since Virginia Wade successful 1968, had a British pistillate won the rubric astatine Flushing Meadows arsenic Raducanu became the youngest women's Grand Slam champion since Maria Sharapova astatine Wimbledon successful 2004.

The Queen, the premier curate and tennis royalty person led the plaudits to British sport's newest superstar - and portion James knew she had imaginable for the top, helium is "surprised" it has happened truthful soon.

"It hasn't rather sunk successful yet," said her aged inferior coach, idiosyncratic who spotted her imaginable arsenic a Junior Wimbledon player.

media captionWatch the champion shots arsenic Raducanu wins US Open

"I'm amazed it's travel truthful soon. I deliberation a batch of america thought possibly she would beryllium apical 50 successful the satellite successful a fewer years.

"But you're seeing a competitor: Determined, dogged, gritty and ruthless.

"You could spot that a fewer years agone erstwhile she was competing successful Junior Wimbledon and really playing Leylah (Fernandez) backmost past - she was doing a batch of the aforesaid stuff."

James knows the "sky's the limit" for the young champion but helium had immoderate proposal for his aged pupil.

"She's going to usage this acquisition to learn," said James, present a LTA manager astatine the nationalist tennis centre successful London.

"She's going to get stronger, she's going to get much robust. Things tin inactive improve."

James started his coaching vocation arsenic a show 'hitter' for immoderate of the biggest names successful the sport, including the likes of Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza.

He said Raducanu was already a younker ambassador for the LTA, and helium hoped the triumph would besides assistance bring much attraction - and wealth - to the grassroots game.

"There are a batch of courts successful the UK that aren't being utilized and request a spot of enactment doing," said the manager from Mold successful Flintshire.

image captionJames says the triumph for the 18-year-old volition nonstop ripples done the UK crippled and animate caller players

"I cognize there's going to beryllium a batch of money, hopefully, enactment into these to get the courts and facilities successful a a bully place.

"There's a batch of buzz astir British tennis close present - truthful let's get those players connected court."

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