Emma Raducanu is going to be a ‘superstar in the tennis world for years to come’, according to fellow British tennis ace Jamie Murray.
The Scot joined talkSPORT on Monday to react to his men’s doubles final defeat, and hail 18-year-old Raducanu after her historic US Open victory in New York.
Raducanu is the first British woman since Virginia Wade – which was 44 years ago – to win a Grand Slam singles title after defeating Canada’s Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 in New York.
And Murray, who is a four-time US Open champion as a doubles player, believes that the teenager will become an icon on and off the tennis court.
“It was incredible, wasn’t it? Her second Grand Slam appearance at 18 years old,” Murray told talkSPORT host Jim White.
“I’m sure she’s going to go on and be a superstar in the tennis world for years to come.
“She took it one match at a time, she played it point by point every match and she showed the world that she had the level and the composure to tick away and be a Grand Slam champion.”
When asked how Raducanu might respond to her almost overnight fame, Murray added: “It’s difficult to say. You don’t know how people will react. She’s obviously going to become a huge star in Britain.
“She’ll be a big presence in the media and everyone will be keen to follow how she performs on the court after what she’s done in New York.
“Hopefully she’s got good people around her, good grounding, good base, and she’ll be fine. She’ll be focused on her career and keep pressing forwards.”
The feat is even more incredible given she had to qualify for the tournament and was playing in only her second major, after taking part at Wimbledon earlier this year.
And Murray has hailed the Canadian-born player’s achievements as ‘remarkable’ and hopes that she can continue her success in future tournaments.
He said: “It’s an incredible achievement. What she’s done at such a young age and with such little experience and expectation – it’s remarkable what she’s done.
“I hope that she continues in that vein of form going forward despite increased spotlight and expectation that’s going to be placed on her.”
Murray was also participating in this year’s US Open, although failed to add to his four titles after losing in the men’s doubles final to fellow Brit Joe Salisbury and his partner Rajeev Ram.
Murray, who once again teamed up with Brazilian Bruno Soares, says that he is happy with what they achieved, despite failing to lift the trophy this year.
“We came into the event with no form, no expectation really,” Murray said.
“We’re pleased that we got back to winning ways, won matches, got through to the final, and had an opportunity to win a Grand Slam. That doesn’t come around every day.
“It was disappointing to lose in the final but, overall, with everything that had gone on, it was a great result.”
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