PICTURED: Emma Raducanu shares previously unseen behind the scenes photo from her US Open final triumph as the exhausted teenager celebrates her maiden Grand Slam win
Emma Raducanu is pictured lying flat on her back with a big smile on her face in a previously unseen photo from her US Open triumph back in September.
The British teenager produced one of the sporting stories of the year when she navigated the qualifying rounds in New York to storm all the way to the final, where she defeated Canada’s Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 to win her first Grand Slam title, as well as £1.8million in prize money.
Raducanu, who is based in Bromley, Kent, made history and a rare photo in the immediate aftermath from the locker room has now been shared across her Instagram page.
She is seen lying down on some cream-coloured furniture with a bandaged knee to stop bleeding she sustained during the match.
The teenager has a big smile on her face as she comes to terms with the magnitude of her achievement, which propelled her to being a national treasure overnight.
Emma Raducanu has shared a previously unseen photo from her US Open celebrations
The British teenager made history in September when she won her first ever Grand Slam title
In her caption, which accompanied the US Open photo as well as another photo of her crying on her knees at Wimbledon earlier in the year, she wrote: ‘Wowww… that was some year. 2 pics to sum up my 2021 season.
‘I want to say thank you & that I am extremely grateful for your generous support. I’ve learnt many things at a fast pace on this incredible journey but all I can say is that I am very excited and motivated for my next steps. I feel I can put in great work together with my team, with patience I believe we’ll get there.
‘Huge thanks and big appreciation to my team & people who have supported me! This wouldn’t have been possible without you. Love Emma.’
The Kent teenager previously revealed that she has made a long-term loan to the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton to house the winner’s trophy in appreciation of the assistance she has had from the Lawn Tennis Association.
Raducanu navigated the entire tournament from qualifying to the title without dropping a set
‘I just think the LTA have done so much for me, and I wanted them to have it as a sign and a big thank you for everything they done, helping me through the young ages,’ said Raducanu.
‘They took control in my development so it’s a little gift. I haven’t actually seen it yet. I got it shipped straight to the NTC so I can’t wait to go. I don’t know if it’s there right now, but that’s the address.’
Raducanu gained celebrity status with her maiden Grand Slam win at Flushing Meadows, with brands lining up to offer her sponsorship deals and a host of magazines featuring her on the front cover.
Since winning in New York the 19-year-old has signed deals with Dior and Tiffany & Co jewellers, as well as appearing in Sports Direct’s Christmas advert alongside Manchester City’s midfielder Jack Grealish.
Raducanu will round out her stellar year by taking on Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse in an exhibition match later this month in London, organisers announced on Tuesday.
Raducanu has signed several endorsement deals since winning the US Open earlier this year
The Brit’s competitive season is over for the year after she crashed out of the Linz Open last week and her preparations for the 2022 Australian Open are underway but Raducanu will make an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 28.
The Champion Tennis event, held at the Royal Albert Hall, confirmed the major winner will feature in the weekend later this month.
Raducanu will take on WTA No 83 Ruse, who she played in practice sessions at last month’s Transylvania Open in Romania.
Raducanu has enjoyed mixed fortunes on the tour since her Grand Slam triumph, losing early at Indian Wells and going out in the quarter-finals in Romania before being beaten in the first round of the Linz Open last week by Wang Xiyu.
The youngster, who has Chinese and Romanian heritage, heads into the Champions Tennis event at London’s Royal Albert under new coach Torben Beltz, having appointed the German last week.