World No. 19 Emma Raducanu's astonishing US Open victory was recognized by the The Queen in her 2022 New Year Honours List. Raducanu, 19, became the youngest ever MBE recipient. "It makes me immensely proud and grateful to be listed to receive an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen.
This year has been full of amazing surprises for me so to end 2021 with this appointment is very special," Raducanu said. Chief Executive of the LTA, Scott Lloyd said: “We are delighted for Emma, Louis, Marshall and Tim that their respective contributions to tennis in Britain have been recognised.
It has been a tremendous year for our sport, and this is a fantastic way to finish. On behalf of the LTA and the whole tennis community, we send them all our warmest congratulations for these well-deserved awards”.
Raducanu claimed several awards
Raducanu won several awards in December and one of the biggest was the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
"Thank you, it's such an honour just to be amongst these nominees. Congrats to you and all your achievements," Raducanu said after winning the award. "I'm really happy with this, I've watched Sports Personality of the Year growing up and it's an honour to be amongst those past winners.
"I'm happy for British tennis as well, and that we've managed to get this award... again. "Thanks to all the fans and voters, this year has been insane. "I want to say thanks to my team, as well. "Congrats to the other nominees' teams as well, it's a team effort."
Meanwhile, Raducanu is preparing to kick off her 2022 season in Australia. Raducanu hired Angelique Kerber's ex-coach Torben Beltz before the new season and she is hoping to continue her progress in 2022. Raducanu is set to debut at the Australian Open and many are curious to see how will she play in her first Grand Slam since her US Open victory.