Emma Raducanu ‘reunited back home’ with her US Open trophy
Emma Raducanu has been reunited with her maiden Slam trophy on her return to the LTA National Tennis Centre.
Many might well haver expected the 19-year-old Brit to keep the trophy at home as a reminder of her astounding run at the 2021 New York Slam.
However, instead Raducanu decided to loan the silverware to the Law Tennis Association as a way of thanking the organisation for their support in nurturing her career.
“I just think the LTA have done so much for me,” Raducanu said of the decision to loan the trophy in October.
“I wanted them to have it as a sign and a big thank you for everything they done, helping me through the young ages.”
On 24th September, following her US Open triumph, Raducanu was part of a special homecoming event run by the LTA celebrating the British champions at the 2021 US Open.
With her, those players were Joe Salisbury in the men’s and mixed doubles and Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett in the men’s wheelchair doubles.
Now, Raducanu has returned to the National Tennis Centre, taking the opportunity to snap a few images with the trophy in its current home.
Reunited back home.@EmmaRaducanu 🤗 @usopen pic.twitter.com/QsHycxP4dI
— LTA (@the_LTA) December 7, 2021
Raducanu’s most recent on-court appearance came at the Champions Tennis exhibition event at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the back end of November.
There, she played Romanian world number 85 Elena-Gabriela Ruse. Raducanu has one more exhibition event in 2021 on 16th December at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.
There she will play Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic before gearing up for the 2022 season, where she will compete at the Australian Open for the very first time.
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