Once upon a time, Henmania swept Great Britain when it came to tennis and now it’s Emma Raducanu’s time to shine.
The qualifier came through ten matches and didn’t drop a single set in an astonishing run which will go down in history as one of the biggest sporting achievements of all time.
Along the way, even at the age of 18, she’s been helped by the great and the good of tennis.
Previously she was coached by Murray’s father-in-law Nigel Sears, while she is now trained by Andrew Richardson.
And with her parents not able to make it out to the US Open to be in the stands supporting her, Raducanu has hailed the influence of Henman this past fortnight.
The former British number one never reached a Grand Slam final but had to cope with huge pressure with the hopes of a nation constantly on his shoulder, particularly when Wimbledon rolled round.
He’s been working with Amazon Prime in New York and often seen talking to Raducanu and helping her out with plenty of encouragement in the rare tough moments she faced.
And before match point in her semi-final win over Maria Sakkari, she even looked over to Henman for support.
After defeating her Greek opponent, she said: “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 and just stay present. Today I wasn’t thinking about anyone else except for myself.”
Helping during matches and then conducting interviews with Raducanu has aided her glorious run.
And after her win she again acknowledged his importance, as well as that of the last British woman to win the US Open – back in 1968 – Virginia Wade.
“It means so much to have Virginia here and also Tim (Henman),” said Raducanu before receiving the trophy from Billie Jean King.
“Just to have such British legends and icons for me to follow in their footsteps, it definitely helps and gave me the belief that I could actually do it.”
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