10 non-tennis facts you ought to know about Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu created a stir in the tennis world when she became the first player in the Open Era to win a Slam as a qualifier.
During her 2021 US Open title run, she did not drop a single set in the entire tournament. She defeated Leylah Fernandez in the final and became the British No. 1 with a top-25 breakthrough.
Emma Raducanu is only the second British player to reach the US Open final since Virginia Wade in 1968. She played her first match of the season on clay during the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup. At the event, she registered her first professional win on clay. She obtained a career-high ranking of World No. 11 in April 2022 and currently sits at No. 12 in the world.
Raducanu shared her thoughts ahead of the 2022 French Open.
"I like to move because I feel I have a lot more potential physically and I enjoy sliding. So after spending more time on this surface, I am sure I will learn more about the surface and the speed of play. I will have to adapt to the time that the earth provides. I feel like I can really use it and play aggressively while still being able to move. I am looking forward to spending more time on clay in the future," she said.
Raducanu, however, is far more than just a tennis player. The teenager has a range of hobbies and interests away from the sport. Here's a look at 10 non-tennis facts related to Emma Raducanu:
#1 She's a dual citizen of Canada and Britain
Emma Raducanu was born in Toronto, Canada. When she was two years old, her family moved to Bremley, England. She holds dual citizenship in Great Britain and Canada.
#2 She is fluent in Romanian and Mandarin
Apart from English, Raducanu is also fluent in Romanian and Mandarin. This is because her grandmothers are from Bucharest and Northeast China. Raducanu's father is Romanian and her mother is Chinese.
#3 She has aced both tennis and academics
According to Raducanu, since her parents were from academic families in communist countries, a lot of emphasis was put on her education.
The Brit's parents, who work in fincance, enrolled her at Bickley Primary School, followed by Newstead Wood School. In the advanced levels of her formal education, Raducanu obtained an A* in Mathematics and A in Economics.
#4 She has played multiple sports
Tennis is not the only sport Emma Raducanu played growing up. Between the ages of five and eight, she regularly did motocross and go-karting. She has also mentioned that she loves horse riding, golfing, skiing, basketball and tap dancing.
#5 She follows Formula One and is a Harry Kane fan
Raducanu follows Formula One closely and has stated that Daniel Ricciardo is her favorite driver.
“When I have time, I love to watch Formula One and I’ve started to follow it week-by-week. I watched the British Grand Prix and Daniel Ricciardo is my favorite driver!” she said.
She also stated that she is a big fan of Tottenham Hotspur strikers Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min. Raducanu watched Kane guide England to the final of the Euros last year.
“I loved following the Euros last year and watching Harry Kane, who’s obviously the England captain, and [Heung-min] Son, I’m a big fan of him as well. So yeah, I like to dabble,” she said.
#6 She is an ambassador for elite brands
Ever since her 2021 US Open triumph, Emma Raducanu has become an immensely marketable athlete and celebrity. She is a brand ambassador for Tiffany & Co., Dior, Evian, British Airways, Vodafone and Porsche.
#7 She is one of 2 female tennis players to win BBC Sports Personality award
Raducanu became the second tennis player after Virginia Wade (1977) to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2021.
#8 She was stalked after her US Open win
Amrit Magar, a Nepali, stalked Raducanu at her home. In February 2022, he was handed a five-year restraining-order. Magar, a former delivery driver, was also sentenced to 18-month community service, including 200 hours of unpaid work and an eight-week curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
#9 She is an adrenaline junkie
A motorsports fan with a driver's license, Raducanu calls herself an "adrenaline junkie." One of her non-tennis goals is to get a motorbike license.
#10 She is a chocoholic
Raducanu recently spoke about her love for chocolate when asked about her favorite dessert flavour.
“The flavour doesn’t change—it’s chocolate with more chocolate and some chocolate brownies. I’m one of those," she said.
The teenager said she would prefer to celebrate with chocolate rather than booze and loves the combination of dark chocolate and peanut butter.
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