“Fantastic Personality”: Andy Murray on Emma Raducanu Receiving BBC Sports Personality of The Year Nomination

Published 12/18/2021, 8:18 AM EST
Britain’s Emma Raducanu poses with the U.S. Open tennis championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the women’s singles final the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, U.S., September 11, 2021. Picture taken September 11, 2021. Michael Frey/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.


Emma Raducanu had a spectacular breakout season on the WTA Tour. Not only did she become the youngest woman to win a Major since Maria Sharapova in 2004, but she also was the first qualifier to do so. Moreover, she also was the second woman after Bianca Andreescu to win the US Open in her first appearance.

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Thus, because of her astonishing feats, the 19-year-old has bagged a nomination for BBC’s Sports Personality of The Year Award.

Tennis – Champions Tennis – The Royal Albert Hall, London, Britain – November 28, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu celebrates winning her match against Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse REUTERS/Tony Obrien

Emma Raducanu has support from Andy Murray

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Fellow British tennis star and former World No. 1 Andy Murray has spoken in praise and support of Emma Raducanu. When asked about her nomination for the prestigious award, Murray was all praises.

Murray talked about Emma’s unbelievable fairy-tale stint at the US Open. “She created (arguably) one of the biggest sporting moments of the year, so yeah, she deserves to win,” he said. Clearly, Emma Raducanu is Andy Murray’s favorite to win the title.

The BBC Sports Personality of The Year award is an award for British athletes at the end of the year. BBC nominates sportspersons who made exemplary and extraordinary achievements in sports for Britain.

Thus, Emma Raducanu, by winning the US Open at the mere age of eighteen, is one of the favorites to win the award. In fact, she could be the first female athlete to win the award in fifteen years.

In fact, Murray also expressed his belief in Emma Raducanu winning the award. “She deserves to win,” he said. “I don’t think anyone would be too surprised if that is the outcome.

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Furthermore, Murray even jokes about criticisms he faced, having won the same award thrice. He says, Anytime I won I always got accused of having no personality, she certainly is a fantastic personality.Clearly, Andy Murray has high praises and hopes for the nineteen-year-old Emma Raducanu.

Leylah Fernandez still thinks about the US Open final

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Leylah Fernandez of Canada and Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrate with the finalist and championship trophy (respectively) after their match in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Emma Raducanu beat Leylah Fernandez at the 2021 US Open final to win her first Grand Slam. Emma defeated Fernandez in straight sets, and Leylah, in her own words, “still can’t accept that defeat.”

As the 2022 season approaches, all eyes are fixed on the young stars who put the entire tennis world on notice with their breakthrough performances this year.

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The world sits with bated breath for the season to kick off. Thankfully, it is only a few more weeks away before we see the biggest names in the sport grace Australia for the build-up to the Australian Open.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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