Emma Raducanu’s win was a fantastic surprise – it must inspire a generation

The LTA deserves credit for the teenager’s US Open triumph but only government investment will take tennis to the masses

At some stage in the coming days, Emma Raducanu will return home with the US Open trophy safely packed away, a grand slam title winner at the age of 18. Together with a whistle-stop round of media commitments, which included a visit to the New York Stock Exchange, she has been congratulated by the Queen and in parliament and her stunning triumph in New York has captured the imagination of a nation, dominated the news on TV and radio. It’s a life-changing moment for Raducanu and for British tennis, it is a huge opportunity.

In the wake of her incredible success, Raducanu was quick to thank many of the people involved in her development, from Matt James, the coach who helped her most in recent years in Bromley, to the support of her family, who moved to Britain when she was aged two and who instilled the work ethic, drive and determination to accompany her innate talent.

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