Who Are Emma Raducanu’s Parents? Their Nationality, Occupation and More

Published 09/04/2021, 6:42 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu celebrates winning her third round match against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea REUTERS/Peter Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


British tennis player, Emma Raducanu, came into the limelight after she scripted history at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. She became the youngest British woman to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon in the Open era.

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However, few know, the WTA star has Romanian, Chinese, and Canadian roots. Raducanu’s Twitter bio gives us an insight into her multicultural upbringing. It reads “London, Toronto, Bucharest, Shenyang”, referencing her hometown, birthplace, and her parents’ hometowns.

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Emma Raducanu’s parents

Raducanu was born on 13 November 2002 born in Toronto, Canada. Her father, Ian, is Romanian and her mother, Renee, is Chinese. Interestingly, both of her parents are financial executives.

When she was two years old, her family moved to London as they thought it would be an exciting place for her to grow up. Showing glimpses of her talent from an early age, Raducanu first started playing tennis with her parents casually in the park when she was five.

Her father encouraged her to try different ­hobbies to boost her confidence. The tennis sensation was a jack-of-all-trades as a child, dabbling in ballet, swimming, horse riding, golf, skiing, and even motocross, alongside tennis.

However, being aware of the fragile nature of an athlete’s career, Raducanu’s parents insisted she focus on her education to give her a place to land if an untimely injury aborted her tennis career.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu in action during her third round match against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

When asked about her parents, Raducanu had nothing but praises to sing. She complimented her mother for instilling her with the right values and both of her parents for always pushing her to work hard.

“On my mum, she’s always instilled a lot of discipline and respect for other people into me. I think having parents like I do, they always push me. They have high expectations. I’ve always tried to live up to that,” Emma said.

Owing to her parents’ different backgrounds, Raducanu maintains close ties with Bucharest and Shenyang. In fact, she’s extremely close to her paternal grandmother, who lives in Romania, and visits her year twice a year. Over the years, Raducanu’s parents have been her strongest support system and she has often credited them for her success.

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Having turned professional in 2018, Raducanu made her WTA Tour main draw debut at the 2021 Nottingham Open, where she gained entry on a wildcard. Until recently, Andy Murray’s father-in-law, Nigel Sears, had been coaching Raducanu.

Sears, who started working with Raducanu when she was 15, told Tennis Head about his pupil’s talent and eagerness to learn, in an interview.

“She has the necessary qualities and she’s hungry enough and eager to learn. She’s ambitious and given the right opportunities and match experience, she’ll make good progress. It’s really up to her how far she goes,” said Sears.

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However, now Raducanu has teamed up with her previous coach Andrew Richardson, who was the head coach on the Bromley Tennis Centre in south-east London.

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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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