Emma Raducanu secretly mentored by Tim Henman with Brit cheering her on at every match in absence of her parents
EMMA RADUCANU was SECRETLY mentored by tennis legend Tim Henman throughout her wonderful journey to US Open victory.
Henman, 47 was courtside all through offering evaluation for Amazon Prime, however he additionally performed one other function.
He cheered on teenage sensation Raducanu all over her U.S. Open success, and gave her precious suggestions and encouragement alongside the best way.
Raducanu labelled Henman an inspiration and highlighted his significance to her after she beat Maria Sakkari in the semi-final.
The Brit, 18, stated: “It means a lot to have Virginia (Wade) right here and likewise Tim Henman, British icons, and for me to observe in their footsteps it undoubtedly helps and gave me the assumption that I might truly do it.
“Tim is honestly such a big inspiration. He has been helping me to treat one point at a time…You can’t get ahead of yourself.”
As effectively as his lucky positioning courtside, Henman has been in a position to assist Raducanu attributable to his shut relationship with her coach Andrew Richardson.
The Brit was a team-mate of Henman in the course of the 1997 Davis Cup and was even greatest man at his marriage ceremony two years later.
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Richardson solely took over as Raducanu’s coach after her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon earlier this yr.
She reached the fourth spherical on that event however it has not taken lengthy for Richardson to assist propel Raducanu to stardom.
Raducanu confirmed appreciation to her crew after accumulating the trophy, as they shaped her help community in the absence of her parents – they weren’t allowed to journey attributable to Covid-19 restrictions.
And Henman believes it will simply be the beginning for Raducanu, saying: “She received ten matches with out dropping a set. It’s an absolute joke . . . it’s unbelievable.
“She is going to win more of these, she is that good. This is not some flash-in-the-pan fairytale.”
And commenting on the function he performed in the win, Henman added: “If she wants to give me a percentage of the prize money, I’ll be very happy.”