Emma Raducanu is going to be a “superstar in the tennis world for years to come,” according to fellow British tennis ace Jamie Murray.
The Scotsman joined talkSPORT on Monday to respond to his men’s double’s final loss and to salute 18-year-old Raducanu after his historic US Open victory in New York.
Raducanu is the first British woman since Virginia Wade – 44 years ago – to win a Grand Slam singles title after beating Canada’s Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 in New York.
And Murray, who is a four-time US Open champion as a doubles player, believes the teenager will become an icon on and off the tennis court.
“It was amazing, wasn’t it? His second Grand Slam appearance at age 18, ”Murray told talkSPORT host Jim White.
“I’m sure she will continue and be a superstar in the tennis world for years to come.
“She took it one game at a time, she played it point by point in every game and she showed the world that she has the level and the poise to succeed and be a Grand Slam champion. “
When asked how Raducanu might react to his stardom almost overnight, Murray added: “It’s hard to say. You don’t know how people are going to react. She is obviously going to become a huge star in Britain.
“She will be very present in the media and everyone will be eager to follow her performances on the pitch after what she did in New York.
“I hope she has good people around her, a good base, a good base, and she will be fine. She will focus on her career and keep moving forward.
The feat is all the more incredible given that she was due to qualify for the tournament and was only playing her second major, after competing at Wimbledon earlier this year.
And Murray hailed the Canadian-born player’s accomplishments as “remarkable” and hopes she can continue her momentum in future tournaments.
He said: “It’s an incredible achievement. What she did at such a young age and with so little experience and expectation – it’s remarkable what she did.
“I hope she will continue in this vein of form in the future despite the increased spotlight and expectations that are going to be placed on her.”
Murray was also competing in this year’s US Open, but failed to add to his four titles after losing in the men’s doubles final to fellow Briton Joe Salisbury and partner Rajeev Ram.
Murray, who has teamed up again with Brazilian Bruno Soares, says he’s happy with what they’ve accomplished, despite failing to lift the trophy this year.
“We entered the event without form, with no real expectations,” Murray said.
“We are happy to have found our way back to victory, won matches, reached the final and had the opportunity to win a Grand Slam. It does not happen every day.
“It was disappointing to lose in the final but overall with everything that had happened it was a great result.”
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