Emma Raducanu Reveals What She Did With $2.5 Million US Open 2021 Prize Money

Published 09/17/2021, 11:25 PM EDT
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.


Following her US Open 2021 success, 18-year-old Emma Raducanu has been enjoying her time in the spotlight. Indeed, her stunning victory as a qualifier has won millions of fans, especially from the United Kingdom. So naturally, they can’t get enough to know about the new tennis sensation. For instance, what did Emma buy with the $2.5 million she won at the US Open?

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Recently, at the BBC Breakfast show, a young tennis fan asked Emma the prize money question. In response, she gave a not-so-obvious answer.

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

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Interestingly, the British teenager had earlier revealed how her parents are tough to please. She now shared that they hugged her when she came home with the US Open trophy.

Emma Raducanu on what she did with the $2.5 million prize money won at US Open 2021

Since 2008, both men’s and women’s singles winners pocketed equal prize money at the US Open. Hence, Daniil Medvedev also got a whopping cheque for $2.5 million.

Undeniably, the amount is sky high for an 18-year-old. And so, one would expect Emma Raducanu to do some rash spending. However, that is not the case for this teenager.

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

In the interview, Raducanu politely disclosed that her parents and team would handle the monetary department. Moreover, she did not even get the time to replace her lost headphones.

“I would leave that to my parents and my team, to be honest. I am just focusing on what I love to do, which is competing. They can take care of that,” Raducanu said.

Since she is already a Grand Slam winner at 18, it will be intriguing to see how she shapes her career ahead. Considering her values and athlete mindset, she is already there with the legends of the sport.

Raducanu’s success story at the US Open

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Notably, Raducanu is currently the only player to have won a Grand Slam title as a qualifier. It means she first won three matches to qualify for the main draw and then collected the next seven in the main draw to win the trophy.

In addition, Raducanu also did not lose a single set in these ten matches. Plus, her time spent on court in the final, one hour and 25 minutes, was her highest in the tournament.

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Deservedly, she has received love from all around the world. Do you see Emma Raducanu winning a Grand Slam in 2022?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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