Emma Raducanu’s former coach says he is ‘immensely proud’
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Andy Murray has congratulated US Open champion Emma Raducanu in private. Some social media users have been questioning why the former world number one hasn’t sent the teen a public message regarding her historic win, but there is an unsurprisingly simple explanation behind Murray’s online silence.
Fans have been urging Murray to send a congratulatory Twitter or Instagram message to Raducanu, but a source told MailOnline that he preferred to speak to the teenager away from the public eye.
There has been bizarre speculation that Murray not publicly congratulating Raducanu has somethnig to do with the newly crowned champion parting ways with the Scot’s father-in-law, Nigel Sears, as her coach in the weeks building up to the US Open.
However, there is said to be “absolutely no” animosity from Murray about Raducanu’s decision to change coach.
Murray also appeared on Amazon Prime in the build-up to Raducanu’s semi-final victory over Belinda Bencic and waxed lyrical about the youngster, proving that those rumours are pure conjecture.
Before coaching Raducanu, Sears was the head tennis coach at Culford, a private school in Suffolk.
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He was also the best man at Tim Henman’s wedding, and Raducanu had high praise for the former British number one after she captured her maiden Grand Slam title in New York.
“Tim is honestly such a big inspiration. He has been helping me to treat one point at a time,” she said.
Following her victory in the US Open final, she thanked the legends of British tennis who paved the way.
“It means so much to have Virginia [Wade, former British pro] here and also Tim”, the British superstar said before receiving the trophy.
“Just to have such British legends and icons for me to follow in their footsteps, it definitely helps and gave me the belief that I could actually do it.”
Following Raducanu’s win, a delighted Henman said: “I’ve been court side for every match, best seat in the house, and to see her, the ways she’s played, and this fairytale run, I think I’m still slightly in shock, so I dread to think how she feels.
“What she has achieved, second grand slam and the way she has gone about it, she will win more of these, she is that good.
“This is not some flash in the pan or fairy tale. She is playing top five tennis. Her world will be turned upside down but she has good people around her. It will be a hell of a ride if she can stay injury free.”
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Raducanu is up to world number 23 after her shock US Open win.
Just three months ago she was ranked at No.338 in the world and was sitting her A Levels like many other British teenagers, but a stellar summer has seen her shoot up by 315 spots in the rankings.
The Bromley local reached the fourth round of Wimbledon before flying to America to compete in some US Open warm-up tournaments, making the final of the WTA 125k series event in Chicago the week before heading to Flushing Meadows, which saw her reach 150th in the world for the first time.
And after a historic three-week run in New York, Raducanu leaves ranked inside the world’s top 25 and the new British No 1.
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