TEEN tennis celebrity Emma Raducanu basked in her newfound fame on a whirlwind sightseeing tour of New York before she flies home to a hero’s welcome.
The beaming Brit 18-year-old US Open winner shared an image displaying a large Nike billboard — of herself.
She stated: “Never thought I would see this . . . coolest thing.”
Emma had spent many of the final month targeted on tennis — together with her astonishing win over Leylah Fernandez on Saturday.
She stated: “In three weeks I haven’t seen one sight. I’ve just been hiding in my room with Uber Eats. But I want to check Wall Street out, the Twin Towers memorial.”
After successful £1.8million in prize cash, she stated she needed to purchase a brand new pair of AirPod earphones after shedding hers — although she has since discovered them.
Asked on Good Morning America whether or not she had purchased them, Emma stated: “No, not but, I feel I’ll do it before I go away New York for positive although.
“It’s humorous, as a result of really the day before my semi-finals they discovered it, 2½ weeks later.
“It was like a fantastic omen and I knew it was going to be a fantastic day when I discovered these in the altering room.”
Emma will quickly be returning to her Romanian-born dad Ian and Chinese mum Renee, who had to keep at home in Bromley, South East London.
And she joked she is not going to let her US Open trophy out of her sight on the flight again.
She stated: “That’s coming with me right by my side. I can’t believe I get to take it home.”
Balloons and banners have been left exterior her home in the cul-de-sac the place she grew up.
Council chiefs hope to maintain talks together with her administration to talk about any potential celebrations.
Bromley Council chief Colin Smith stated yesterday: “We are delighted that Emma Raducanu was able to hone her tennis skills in our wonderful borough.”
Kevin Spink, whose daughter Indianna used to play tennis with Emma, stated: “We had been completely thrilled for her. We nonetheless converse to her dad and mom which is sweet.
“They’ve gone on different paths, Indianna is in Arkansas. She is still a good friend of Emma. She just did so well.”
Romanian tennis coach Sever Drone, who organised a 2014 event Emma performed in, stated: “I may inform she was going to be a fantastic participant.
“I bear in mind saying it’s a disgrace she hadn’t taken Romanian citizenship.”