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City tennis club sees rise in enquiries from young girls after Raducanu's big win

A city tennis club has seen a sharp rise in enquiries after Emma Raducanu’s US Open win.  
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City of Peterborough Tennis Club has enjoyed a rise in enquiries after Emma Radacanu's big US Open win (Shariqua Ahmed)

The British number one tennis player Emma Raducanu became an overnight teenage sensation after clinching her first Grand Slam title at just 18 years of age - becoming the first British women in more than four decades to win a major singles title. 

Ranked 23rd in the world, Raducanu was born in Canada and shares her ethnic heritage with China and Romania. 

Fans around the globe cherished the achievement, but there were special celebrations in Peterborough as her coach Andrew Richardson is a local sports personality.

Richardson, 47, was born in Peterborough and trained with popular city coach John Rudd in the past. 

Raducanu’s grand slam win has led to a positive outcome for many tennis academies across the country - including the City of Peterborough Tennis Club, based in Bretton. 

The club has been cheering for the young star throughout the tournament on its social media pages. After her big win, the club congratulated Raducanu and called her an “inspiration". 

The club said it had seen a rise in enquiries post-lockdown but a dozen young girls had come along to show their interest in the game after Raducanu's win.

Bill Skead from the club said: “There was already a high demand for tennis post-lockdown, but since Emma’s win, we’ve had - so far - enquiries from 12 girls aged four to 16.  

“We don’t record the ethnicity of our enquiries or members, but our members' ethnicity is a fair representation of the population of Peterborough I think.” 

This was Emma Raducanu’s second ever Grand Slam competition.  

She competed at Wimbledon in July and reached the fourth round before retiring from play due to a medical issue.