Former world No. 1 Andy Murray praised Emma Raducanu for her stunning US Open victory as he believes the 19-year-old deserves to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Raducanu, 19, pulled off one of the most stunning victories in tennis history as she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam.
Raducanu claimed multiple awards in Great Britain over the last few weeks and now she is a strong candidate for the BBC SPOTY award. "She created arguably one of the biggest sporting moments of the year, so yeah, she deserves to win.
Anytime I won I always got accused of having no personality, she certainly is a fantastic personality. I hope she wins," Nadal said, per Reem Abulleil.
Raducanu reflected on her US Open campaign
Raducanu first drew attention to herself at Wimbledon, where she made the round-of-16 as a wild card.
"Wimbledon was the first moment I was being competitive on a global scale. Obviously there was so much excitement going on and adrenaline I'd never felt before, because it was the first time," Raducanu told Sky News.
"I was so proud and happy being at home playing in front of home crowd, it was such a special feeling especially out there on Court One, the biggest court I've ever played on, so I was really nervous but I absolutely loved it once I got out there."
Raducanu revealed she arrived to New York tired and she was just hoping to make it past the qualifying evemt. "I arrived in New York just hoping to get through qualifying maybe. I was pretty tired. I just had the most amazing time and I think the key to that was I just focused on the day," Raducanu admitted.
"The time flew by, It went so fast by the end of it I was like, 'I don't wanna leave yet, I wanna stay', and it was getting to the latter stages of the tournament and I was thinking, 'but, what if? You're here, so why not?' But no one made a big deal of it."