Emma Raducanu on parents’ “tough love” and understated reaction to US Open win

Emma Raducanu has given a unique insight into her relationship with her parents after her historic US Open triumph.

The teen tennis sensation won the hearts of the nation when she beat Leylah Fernandez in straight sets at Flushing Meadows last weekend to become the first female Brit to achieve singles Grand Slam success since Virginia Wade in 1977.

Incredibly, Raducanu went the whole tournament without dropping a set, despite the fact her lowly ranking meant she had to qualify to reach the main draw.

Now back in the UK, Raducanu was asked about her parents' reaction when she returned home to Kent, and the Canadian-born superstar explained how their drive helped her achieve her remarkable accomplishment.

She told BBC Breakfast: "My parents showed tough love and at the time I probably wasn’t as grateful as I am in hindsight.

"They just gave me a hug when I came back, nothing crazy, no big celebrations. My mum made some really good homemade dumplings! But there was nothing crazy or over the top.

"They’re just discreet; their reassurance and telling me they are proud of me is enough.”

Raducanu banked an eye-watering £1.8million for winning the US Open, but is focusing on her next challenge rather than her financial windfall.

Instead – she will leave that to her parents, and insists mum and dad pull her up on all the same things every other teenager is told off for at home.

“I will leave that [prize money] to my parents and my team," she added. "I’m just focusing on what I love to do, which is competing. They can take care of that!

“I’m not the most organised so I need to work on that. I need to work on tidying up and unpacking – I seem to live out of a suitcase even three weeks after a trip.

"Taking my dishes after I eat – just the usual stuff, I’m honestly just like every other teenager!”

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