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22nd Sep, 2021

MP hopes Emma's success inspires city tennis stars of future

Rob George 14th Sep, 2021

WORCESTER’s MP Robin Walker has revealed his hope Emma Raducanu’s win at Flushing Meadow will inspire local residents to pick up a racket.

Radacanu beat Canadian Leylah Fernandez to become the first British female to win a grand slam since 1977.

Her match was screened live on Channel 4 following an appeal to the broadcaster Amazon Prime by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden which allowed an audience of 9.2 million Brits to watch from home.

“The whole nation was gripped on Saturday evening, with fingers crossed and hope in our hearts for an 18-year-old who, in the end, made history,” he said.

“Emma put in a great performance and was justly rewarded. Her performance and the dignity she showed in her victory speech is a fine example for others to follow.”

“Young people in Worcester, particularly young girls should look to Emma as an example to follow.

“Worcester has recently received significant investment from Worcester City Council and others to improve the facilities for tennis players and people interested in getting into the sport. I would therefore encourage young people and parents to make the most of the facilities as young people in Worcester are well placed to become the Radacanus of the future!”

In September 2020 five new courts opened at Worcester’s Cripplegate Park following a cash grant of £377,000 from Worcester City Council and the Lawn Tennis Association.

Courts at Gheluvelt Park have also recently been refurbished

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