‘Going to Put a Lot of Racquets in Hands’: Cameron Norrie on Emma Raducanu’s Earth-Shattering US Open 2021 Run

Published 12/31/2021, 3:30 PM EST
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 TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Britain’s new no.1 Cameron Norrie, had a breakthrough 2021 ATP season as he won the Indian Wells title in October after defeating the likes of Diego Schwartzman, Grigor Dimitrov, and Nikoloz Basilashvili.

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Ahead of the 2022 Australian Open, Norrie will be a part of the ATP Cup and will play his first match on the 2nd of January against Germany’s Alexander Zverev. The Brit was recently asked about Emma Raducanu’s incredible US Open run and what it means for upcoming players in the UK.

Cameron Norrie lauds the US Open achievement of compatriot Emma Raducanu

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To do that at such a young age, and to do it with that kind of confidence, and to come out and own the court every match, it was extremely impressive. Definitely, it’s going to give the girls around the ranking that she was at before the US Open a lot of confidence and a lot of belief”. 

Oct 8, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) hits a shot against Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Raducanu became the first-ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam without losing a set. The youngster initially made the name at Wimbledon by reaching the pre-quarters. During the round of 16 match against Ajla Tomljanovic, Raducanu was forced to retire from the match.

Norrie also talked about how Raducanu’s victory will give racquets to a lot of youngsters in the United Kingdom.

“For sure, it’s going to put a lot of racquets in hands for the next generation of younger boys and girls to start playing tennis at home in the UK”. 

Raducanu heads into the 2022 Australian Open as the 19th seed

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In every way, Emma‘s US Open triumph was widely celebrated not just across the UK, but by many tennis fans across the globe. It compelled sports fans in general to get buzzing as they looked forward to seeing more of Raducanu in the future.

After an inexplicable start to the WTA tour, Raducanu had a bit of downfall as she was ousted in the first-round at Indian Wells, followed by a quarter-finals defeat at WTA Transylvania Open. The rising teenage prodigy split up with coach Andrew Richardson and added Torben Beltz as her coach.

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Seeded no.19 at the 2022 Australian Open, all eyes are on Emma Raducanu as it will be her second big event post the US Open this year.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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