Emma Raducanu will become a Dame in the future after her US Open triumph, according to Boris Becker. The Brit recently made the headlines by winning a first Grand Slam of her career. And many are tipping her to have a bright future in tennis as a result.
Raducanu had challenged at Wimbledon before being forced out of the competition earlier in the year.
But the 18-year-old showed her outstanding mentality by making amends at the US Open, winning the competition without dropping a set.
Raducanu has become the toast of a nation in the time since, with the teenager now back in the country.
And Becker, speaking to Eurosport, has expressed a belief she’ll receive a Knighthood from the Queen in the future.
“What a supreme feeling: she got a personal letter from Queen Elizabeth,” he said.
“If that’s not a tribute, I don’t know what else there is to come.
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“Everyone here has noticed: we have a new superstar. But now it starts, now the dance starts.
“You have to follow up the performance, and the benchmark is impossibly high.
“She’s not going to win every match for the rest of her life. She’s going to play badly once in a while and she’s going to lose once in a while.
“A whole new journey through time has begun. I just hope that the environment around her continues to protect her, reassure her and not forget the priorities.
“She is so popular because she won a tennis match and nothing else. The speech after her victory was as if she had done it a hundred times before.
“A politician couldn’t express herself much better than this 18-year-old. She did everything right, but now the real work starts.
“It’s not always easy, and I speak from my own experience.
“You’re still growing up, you make mistakes, you trust the wrong friends and so on. That may also happen to her, but I hope she will be well protected.
Becker also feels tennis is now about to usher in a new generation.
“I think the generational change has happened. The younger generation has taken over now,” he said.
“We just talked about the queen, Serena Williams, for a very long time, because it was just her.
“Only Fernandez and Raducanu deserve to be the centre of attention now, and that will continue for the next few weeks. The young guns bring everything the tennis fan wants.
“People are talking about tennis again!
“If you want to be invited to the red carpet once in your life, it’s this Met Gala!
“Everyone that matters in film, music, radio and television wants to go there. And now there was a gathering of tennis players!
“That surprised me in a happy way, because I say tennis is back in vogue! It is presentable again.
“People like to be seen with young, successful tennis players again. That wasn’t the case for a while. We need this publicity. This is an unbelievably great development, and one that didn’t exist for years.
“For me, Raducanu and Fernandez are playing a different type of tennis: it’s a new, attacking form of tennis.
“The others can hardly keep up with that, because those two are getting better, and they’re going to fine-tune that.
“This, ‘I go into the rally and wait until the other one misses the ball’ – I think that’s over!
“They train differently, they are incredibly strong and have an incredible amount of power.
“They express that on the court as well. The established players have to get used to it, and in women’s tennis everyone has to prepare themselves: there’s a new way of playing here!”Internet Explorer Channel Network