Until 2021, the vast majority of the world had never heard of Emma Raducanu. However, at the Wimbledon Tennis Championship, that all changed. Raducanu was just 18 years old when she wowed the world with her amazing tennis at Wimbledon. The British tennis player reached the fourth round, before withdrawing from the competition after struggling to breathe. She later said (via The Guardian), “The experience caught up with me.” Despite her premature departure from Wimbledon, the breakout tennis star came back stronger than ever, winning the U.S. Open just a few months later without dropping a single set. She was the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam title and the first British female to win a Grand Slam in 44 years. She shot up through the rankings from 150th to 23rd in the world and 1st in Britain (via Sky Sports).
Raducanu’s success story may seem like a fairy tale, but in reality, the young champion has been working hard at her sport for years. It wasn’t just luck that got her where she is today — it was her perseverance, determination, and work ethic. Curious to learn more about this up-and-coming young star? Here is the untold truth of Emma Raducanu.
Emma Raducanu has learned a lot from her tough parents
Emma Raducanu was born in Toronto, Canada to Renee, originally from China, and Ian, originally from Romania, who, according to the Daily Mail, both work in finance. As one family friend explained, Emma got her famous calm stoicism from her parents. “Emma’s parents never liked negativity and would quickly snap her out of any hissy fits as a child,” he recalled. Emma herself once said, “My mum’s side of the family are so mentally resilient. … I would say I take a big part of my inspiration from her.”
In an interview on “Good Morning America” shortly after her U.S. Open win in 2021, Raducanu went into more detail about how she had gotten her mental strength from her parents as a child: “They were pretty tough on me when I was young, but they kind of shaped the way and I think now it’s helping on the biggest stages of the world.” It sounds like Raducanu owes a big part of her success to her strict, resilient parents — no wonder she can now face some of the biggest tennis stars in the world without batting an eye.
The tennis pro struck up an online friendship with this celebrity
Shortly after Emma Raducanu burst onto the scene with her stunning display at Wimbledon 2021, she appeared to strike up a friendship with Harvey Leigh Cantwell, known as HRVY, the star from “Strictly Come Dancing.” According to The U.S. Sun, the pair may even be romantically involved. Apparently, HRVY connected with Raducanu on social media after the tournament, and the pair soon became friends. A source told The Sun, “HRVY watched Emma play at Wimbledon and thought she was stunning, so he decided to get in touch with her.” Apparently, Raducanu was “flattered” and keen to get to know him better. “It’s very early days for them but they do seem to get on well,” the source went on.
Emma Raducanu was very shy as a kid
If you’ve seen Emma Raducanu on the court, she’s anything but timid — with her explosive serve, her thundering forehand, and her unwavering focus, she’s a bold powerhouse. However, as a child, she was actually excruciatingly shy.
As Raducanu explained to Vogue, in high school, she was seen by classmates as the “quiet one who didn’t really raise her hand.” Even though Raducanu is naturally reserved, she does admit to having a bolder side — and it’s on the tennis court that this side can really come out. “I was a very shy little girl who didn’t talk much at all,” she said. “And through playing sport, and having to be bold on the court and fearless and fight, it’s given me inner strength.” It sounds like tennis really has given Raducanu the means of expressing herself in ways she couldn’t at school among her peers.