British tennis star Emma Raducanu reveals she just recently decided to focus on her tennis career and ditch college. Raducanu’s decision to turn professional has paid off as last year she made tennis history at the US Open.
Raducanu, 19, became the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam after beating Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final. The US Open victory landed Raducanu sponsorship deals with some of the world’s leading brand as she is now the global ambassador for Dior, Tiffany, Evian, etc.
“The moment [that] it really clicked in that I wanted to be a tennis player was actually pretty recently. I kept my education up all the way until finishing my A Levels, so maybe mid-GCSEs I was like, ‘okay, I’m not going to go to college, I’m going to try and be a professional tennis player, see how it works,” Raducanu told Harper’s Bazaar.
The US Open victory changed Raducanu’s life
To no one’s surprise, Raducanu said the US Open victory was the life-changing moment for her. “The career moment that changed my life was probably the US Open. On the match point, I mean it was the best moment of my career for sure.
Since then I’ve had a lot of new things that have been exciting, and yeah that is probably the moment. The most surreal moment has probably been when I landed that ace, because it was just a second of I had no idea what happened, what I was doing, where I was.
I think just that sense of unknown was pretty surreal,” Raducanu admitted. Raducanu hasn’t had any notable results since her US Open victory as she has had a slow start to the 2022 season. Raducanu most recently played in Guadalajara, where she was forced to retire her first round match due to a hip injury. Raducanu is expected to return to action at the Indian Wells Masters.