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UK News How Emma Raducanu caught up with her old tennis pal in New York

02:40  15 september  2021
02:40  15 september  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Emma Raducanu, 18, begins US Open final in front of 24,000 fans

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Following her victory at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday, Miss Raducanu , 18, posed with her old pal for a photo beneath a Manhattan billboard celebrating the city's new Grand Slam star. Mr Heynold posted the image on social media along with a heartwarming picture of the pair as young children holding tennis medals. Boris Johnson congratulated Miss Raducanu in a phone call as she continued to soak up the atmosphere in New York following her debut at the Met Gala.

Top tennis coach Richard Whichello first spotted Raducanu 's talent aged four. He approached her father, Ian, and spoke of 'unusually exceptional' potential. Without that encounter, the world might never have heard of tennis 's newest global superstar. If Mr Whichello hadn't struck up that conversation, the so-called 'Fairytale of New York ' might never have happened. For 14 years after that father and pint-sized daughter rally, Emma is celebrating making sporting history by winning the US Open – the first British woman to win a major title for 44 years since Virginia Wade lifted the

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As their teenage daughter made history in the US Open, Emma Raducanu's parents had to make do with watching it all on TV.

America's tough Covid travel rules meant Britain's latest tennis superstar was robbed of the chance to celebrate with her family.

Yet it seems there was some support from back home in the Big Apple after all – for the Mail can reveal that Miss Raducanu was cheered on to victory by a friend she's known since the age of six.

Former tennis protege Benjamin Heynold, 19, has been by Miss Raducanu's side throughout her stunning – and swift – rise to global stardom, having moved to the US to study.

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Raducanu shares posts of her at the Met Gala

Emma Raducanu has shared two photographs of her at the Met Gala.

The young tennis sensation posted the pictures on Tuesday of her time during the event on Monday.

She wrote next to two pictures of her in a Chanel dress: 'About last night…'


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After her triumph in New York on Saturday over Leylah Fernandez, they would be rolling out the red carpet today. © Emma Raducanu won the US Open last weekend. John Stevenson, from Glasgow, referee of the nine-and-under Scottish Championship event won by Raducanu in 2011, recalls UP NEXT. “It was maybe different as they got older as some of the top under-18s, say, had other ( tennis ) commitments but youngsters, like Emma , would travel from all around the country for that age-group. “I certainly remember taking the photograph of Emma with her medal, which has appeared on social

BRIT teen tennis sensation Emma Raducanu revealed her “tough to please” dad joked she was even better than he realised. Emma , 18, spoke to proud Ian and her mum Renee after her ­seismic US Open win in New York . Emma was unaware of her huge support back home as she was too focused. She said: “I just completely switched off from everything, gave my phone away.” Last night she was tipped to get an honour from the Queen. She is said to be certain to get an MBE but could be bumped up to OBE.

Following her victory at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday, Miss Raducanu, 18, posed with her old pal for a photo beneath a Manhattan billboard celebrating the city's new Grand Slam star.

Mr Heynold posted the image on social media along with a heartwarming picture of the pair as young children holding tennis medals. The caption? 'History.' The friends met more than a decade ago through their mutual love of the sport, playing together in competitions across the country in the junior ranks and both making the Great Britain squad.

In 2017 the pair had their first taste of playing in front of a large crowd, taking part in a charity event at the Royal Albert Hall.

The day saw them pose for a photo with former British number one Greg Rusedski, who this week backed Miss Raducanu to win multiple Grand Slams. While Miss Raducanu bagged her first trophy at the weekend, Mr Heynold appears to have pursued a different path. Once tipped for sporting stardom himself, he is understood to have taken a step back from top-level tennis and is now studying in the US. That allowed him to be by his childhood friend's side – unlike Miss Raducanu's family back in Bromley.

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Emma Raducanu completed her stunning fairy tale in New York last night, winning the US Open in a nailbiting final and making history as the first British woman to take a tennis Grand Slam title in 44 years. Emma , who was born in Toronto but moved to Britain with her parents when she was two, now stands to become one of the richest women in sport. Lucrative deals with Nike and racket manufacturers Wilson have already earned her a £1million fortune but that figure will be dwarfed by her future earnings.

As Emma Raducanu basks in her new -found New York fame, she explains where she found the mental strength to win a Grand Slam title. It is this unexpected, unpredictable change in circumstances that has made the 18-year- old 's first Grand Slam title front-page news around the world. Raducanu has not only made British history as the country's first woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in 44 years, but becoming the first qualifier to win a major means she has made tennis history too.

While she grew up in south-east London, Mr Heynold – the son of a managing director at an international investment banking firm – was raised in a sprawling private estate near Chertsey, Surrey. He was educated at TASIS England – formerly known as The American School – where day fees for secondary school pupils start at around £20,000, rising to almost £50,000 for boarders.

Miss Raducanu has also found some time for an Old Etonian, too – for yesterday saw the Prime Minister speak to the tennis sensation for the first time following her stunning victory.

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Boris Johnson congratulated Miss Raducanu in a phone call as she continued to soak up the atmosphere in New York following her debut at the Met Gala.

A Downing Street spokesman said the Prime Minister 'praised her determination, skill and mental strength during a series of tough matches, and said the whole of the UK had united behind her success'.

They added: 'Both the Prime Minister and Emma agreed on the importance of continuing to support grassroots tennis, and in encouraging young people to take up the game.'

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