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Raducanu’s US Open outfit to be displayed at Hall of Fame

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Raducanu’s US Open outfit to be displayed at Hall of Fame

FINALE. Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a backhand against Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the US Open final.

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‘A legendary run: preserved’ the Tennis Hall of Fame tweets

Emma Raducanu’s outfit from her victorious US Open campaign will be displayed at the Tennis Hall of Fame after the 18-year-old Briton became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam.

Raducanu defeated Canada’s Leylah Fernandez in the Flushing Meadows final earlier this month to become the first British woman to win a major singles title for 44 years, climbing 128 places to 22nd spot in the world rankings after her victory.

“A legendary run: preserved,” tweeted the Tennis Hall of Fame. “Thank you, @EmmaRaducanu, for donating your memorable #USOpen outfit to the ITHF collection!”

Raducanu will play in her first tournament since stunning the tennis world at Flushing Meadows after being handed a wildcard for next month’s WTA 1000 tournament at Indian Wells, organizers said on Tuesday, September 28.

“2021 U.S. Open Champion and rising WTA Tour star Emma Raducanu has been awarded a wildcard into the BNP Paribas Open, a combined ATP Masters 1000 and WTA 1000 event to be held October 4–17, 2021 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden,” organizers said in a statement.

Her entry into the Indian Wells tournament, often called the “fifth major,” will allow her to compete for the 1,000 ranking points up for grabs and possibly give her an outside shot at qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals in Guadalajara.

Raducanu enters the Indian Wells draw a day after world No. 1 Ash Barty withdrew from the tournament while former champions Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams are also sitting out.

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Raducanu won the US Open without dropping a set, climbing more than 100 places to 22nd in the world rankings since her maiden Grand Slam victory. She is now the British No. 1.

The teenager said last week she was seeking a new coach after announcing she would no longer be working with former Davis Cup player Andrew Richardson as she targets more success on the WTA Tour. – Rappler.com