Emma Raducanu Edges Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev as the Most Popular Tennis Player at US Open 2021

Published 09/15/2021, 7:12 AM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) 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


The 2021 US Open men’s and women’s final generated unprecedented excitement around the world, at least compared to other Grand Slam finals in the recent past. We witnessed the crowing of Emma Raducanu, who became the youngest female British player to win a Grand Slam event in 44 years, and Daniil Medvedev lifting his maiden Grand Slam title.

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There was a reason for the excitement. On the men’s side, World No.1 Novak Djokovic was attempting to achieve the Calendar Grand Slam, a feat no man since Rod Laver in 1969 had accomplished.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrate with the finalist and championship trophies, respectively, after their match in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

While on the women’s side, the two teenagers, Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez, caught everyone by surprise by setting up the first all-teenager Grand Slam final since 17-year-old Serena Williams took on Martina Hingis, 18, at the 1999 US Open final.

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Emma Raducanu tops Google search engine results

In fact, the numbers reflected the fervor. Recently, tennis analyst Matthew Willis posted an interesting tweet containing the Google search engine results for the four US Open finalists. The picture represented the worldwide search interest for the names of each of the four finalists over the past month.

Expectedly, Raducanu topped the chart with the highest score of 100, which meant peak popularity for her search term. The graph soared after the 18-year-old reached the US Open final and hit the peak the day she won the trophy.

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Similarly, the search interest for the Canadian tennis player, Fernandez, started going up after she defeated the defending champion, Naomi Osaka, during the opening week and continued the upward trajectory until she reached the final.

As for Djokovic, who was aiming for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam and a clean sweep of all four Grand Slam titles in the same year, his search popularity kept soaring and shot above 60.

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In comparison, Medvedev’s name was the least searched. However, the stunning performance displayed by the Russian enthralled the New York crowd and he finally won his maiden Grand Slam, in his third Grand Slam final appearance.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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