British tennis star Emma Raducanu today put her success at the US Open down to her ‘tough’ and ‘very, very hard to please’ parents, praising them for bringing her up to have mental strength.
The 18-year-old said her father Ian and mother Renee Raducanu had been hugely influential in her sporting prowess and they were ‘just so happy and proud of me’ when she spoke to them on the phone after her win.
They could not be in New York to see her extraordinary journey through to the tournament’s final because of strict Covid-19 rules in the US which meant they would have needed a special exemption visa to travel.
Neither have yet been seen since her victory. Raducanu posted a photo on Instagram today in front of a picture of herself on a billboard in New York, saying: ‘Sightseeing in NY, never thought I would see this, coolest thing.’
And Raducanu told ABC’s Good Morning America today: ‘I think that from a young age I’ve always sort of been brought up to have mental strength. My parents, you know, they played a huge part of my upbringing.
‘They were pretty tough on me when I was young but it kind of shaped the way and I think now it’s helping on the biggest stages in the world and Arthur Ashe Stadium when you really need it and it was basically a full capacity – so it was very, very cool. ‘
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Mark Duell