ITF president David Haggerty believes Emma Raducanu could have a similar impact on British tennis like Venus and Serena Williams had on American tennis. Raducanu, 18, shocked the tennis world this past September when she captured her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open.
“As you saw with Andy Murray’s success at Wimbledon, performing in your own back yard brings heightened pressures and scrutiny,” said Haggerty. “But it can also bring huge rewards – for the sport in the country and for the individual.
“As a proud American, I saw first-hand what Serena and Venus Williams’ successes at the US Open had on tennis in the States. They were game-changing for the sport. “If Raducanu can build on the fantastic start to her tennis journey, why can’t her impact at Wimbledon and for Great Britain be similar? “I think it’s really important for British tennis to have its star players perform at Wimbledon.
“I travel around the world, as I am not British, I have a different perspective but when I look at the pressure I see for sports here, that is why it is so important to celebrate success like we have seen with Emma, and with what Cam (Norrie) is doing as well”.
Raducanu put up a stunning run at the US Open
Raducanu was ranked at No. 150 at the time of the US Open and she missed out on the main draw cut. However, Raducanu easily earned a main draw place as she won three qualifying matches -- all in straight sets -- to earn a chance to make her US Open debut.
Then, Raducanu won seven main draw -- all in straight sets -- to become the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam., Raducanu is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 21 in the world and she is tipped to become a multiple Grand Slam champion and future world No. 1.