Emma Raducanu ‘extremely grateful’ to receive honour

In recognition of her historic triumph at the 2021 US Open, yesterday Emma Raducanu was made a ‘Member of the British Empire’ (MBE) in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. 

Raducanu, the current British number one, triumphed in New York in September last year without dropping a set as as she came through qualifying to win ten consecutive matches.

The Brit achieved something never done before in the men’s or women’s game, and now joins other tennis ‘royalty’ to have received an honour from the British monarchy including the likes of Sir Andy Murray (OBE), Sue Barker (CBE), Virginia Wade (OBE) and Jamie Murray (OBE).

This MBE is not only historic from a tennis point of view, but also as it comes from Queen Elizabeth II’s last New Years Honours List before her sad passing.

This year Raducanu has struggled to match her incredible form of 2021 being hampered by multiple injuries, leaving her with a negative 2022 win-loss record. The Brit’s best performance of the year came in Seoul, South Korea, where she managed to win three consecutive matches for the only time this year. However, she has remained positive especially apparent in training videos posted on social media.

She next steps on court for an exhibition in Abu Dhabi on the 16th December where she will face world number two Ons Jabeur for the first time.

Raducanu will begin her 2023 season at a WTA 250 event in Auckland, New Zealand, where the tournament returns after a hiatus last year.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.