• Tom Cramp

Tennis is bouncing after Raducanu win

US Open women’s singles champion Emma Raducanu is set to inspire a generation of British talent after her win in New York, say tennis fanatics in Hillingdon.

Clubs across the borough have said that the effect on British tennis in both the men’s and the women’s game will be highly positive and is likely to bring around future success.

Hussein Farrag is the chairman of the Brunel University Tennis Club.

He said: “There is an influx of people trying to join Brunel tennis this year and it’s a really good image that Emma Raducanu is giving to tennis.

“To win the US Open at her age is not easy and is very inspirational to young players. It takes a lot of motivation, dedication, and courage to do what she did.

“Even for players who have been involved in tennis for some time, this is a really good thing and shows that anyone has the chance to win a championship title.”

18-year-old Raducanu was the first British woman to win a grand slam since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977, 44 years ago.

She is also the first qualifier to win a major title in the Open era, and the first woman to win a major at just her second attempt.

Elsewhere in the borough, Ed Brennan, secretary of Swakeleys Tennis Club, said: “I think it will be great for British tennis, it will be very positive. It has been a topic of conversation at our club for weeks.”

British Tennis’ governing body the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) predict that the teenager from Bromley’s win will inspire the next generation of youngsters looking to get into the world of professional tennis.

Last month, the LTA expanded the resources of its free flagship programme to secondary school educators after 10,000 registered for the primary school programme.

Emma Raducanu is an ambassador for the scheme. The resources will support teachers in developing their students’ fundamental movement skills and their physical literacy through PE curriculum lesson plans.

l For more on the LTA, go to www.lta.org.uk


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