‘What Emma Raducanu did in New York is very special,’ says Andy Murray
Andy Murray has lavished praise on Emma Raducanu after her ‘special’ and ‘incredible’ Grand Slam victory at the US Open.
Raducanu made history at Flushing Meadows, becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam and the first British woman to taste Major success since Virginia Wade in 1977.
Murray, who lifted the first of his three Grand Slam titles in New York in 2012, described her campaign in New York as ‘incredible’ though knew she had the ability to go far in the sport.
“It was incredible what she did there,” said Murray, who lost in the first round to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“I think for a lot of the people involved in British tennis, we knew she was extremely good.
“She hadn’t competed much for the last sort of 18 months with school and coronavirus and those sorts of things, but I think at Wimbledon everyone sort of got a bit of a glimpse of how good she could be.”
The 34-year-old believes the achievements of Raducanu in New York will provide a ‘huge boost’ for British tennis and urges governing bodies to get the younger generation playing tennis.
“I’ve spent a little bit of time around her on the practice court, but more so in the same building, training close to each other, and watching what she’s doing, and she’s obviously really, really good.
“But what she did in New York was very special, a huge boost for British tennis and gives hopefully the governing bodies an opportunity to capitalise on that and get more and more kids involved in the sport.
“It’s great what she did and a huge opportunity for British tennis now.”
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