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Sport Emma Raducanu swaps tennis for soccer and Australian rules

04:20  17 january  2022
04:20  17 january  2022 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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She may be a Grand Slam winner, but Emma Raducanu seems to have a talent for more than just tennis.

Ahead of this week's Australian Open in Melbourne, the British champion found time yesterday to try her hand with an Aussie rules ball and have a kickabout with a football – pity she wasn't on hand to help the England cricket squad avoid their Ashes humiliation in Hobart...

Over the weekend Miss Raducanu, 19, also posed for photos at a pre-tournament party at the city's Crown Aviary events centre, sporting a Christian Dior handbag and Tiffany & Co jewellery.

The teenager became an ambassador for both brands last year.

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Miss Raducanu will face Sloane Stephens in the first round in Melbourne tomorrow following her stunning US Open triumph last year.

She has also shared her thoughts on fellow tennis ace Novak Djokovic being deported from Australia and so unable to defend his title at the Australian Open.

Miss Raducanu, 19, posed for photos at a pre-tournament party at the city's Crown Aviary events centre, sporting a Christian Dior handbag and Tiffany & Co jewellery © Provided by Daily Mail Miss Raducanu, 19, posed for photos at a pre-tournament party at the city's Crown Aviary events centre, sporting a Christian Dior handbag and Tiffany & Co jewellery

World number one Djokovic, who is unvaccinated against Covid-19, failed to overturn a decision from the Aussie government to cancel his visa on public health grounds.

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Miss Radacanu felt that the debacle had taken the spotlight from fellow Briton Andy Murray reaching his first ATP Tour final since 2019.

She said: 'I feel like the situation has taken away a little bit from the great tennis that's been happening over this summer in Australia.

'For example, Andy Murray, he's in the final tonight, which I think is pretty incredible. To see him come back and win and play so well, definitely rooting for him later on.'

The star, who was unable to play for 20 days because of Covid, ended Britain's 44-year wait for a women's Grand Slam singles champion when she beat Leylah Fernandez to win the US Open last September.

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