Emma Raducanu has spoken about the death of Queen Elizabeth II for the first time, sharing a touching tribute to the late monarch. The 19-year-old received a letter from the Queen when she made history at the US Open last year by becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title.
Raducanu has publicly paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following her passing, sharing her emotional first words on the “very sad news”. The British No 1 posted a subtle Instagram story at the end of last week showing a group of mourners in London, and has now shared her touching reaction.
“Honestly, it’s very sad,” she told teniskisvet. “When I heard the news, I couldn’t believe it, because she was a solid pillar and compass for me, as indeed for all British people. “Everything around was changing, but she remained a constant.”
The 2021 US Open champion also confessed that the country would remain in mourning for the late Queen, adding: “She led our country and indeed the world in a very strong way. Britain will be mourning for quite some time.”
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“I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players. I send my warmest good wishes to you and your many supporters. ELIZABETH R.”
And Raducanu was full of gratitude after receiving the letter, as she told the BBC: “It meant everything to get a message from Her Majesty. She’s such a great inspiration and role model for the whole country so to have a note from her, I was extremely honoured and very very grateful that she took notice of my tennis. I can’t believe it. I’m maybe going to frame that letter or something.”