Emma Raducanu did a fine job of grabbing the bull by its proverbial horns in her anticipated return to Wimbledon, shaking off a side injury to dispatch dangerous floater Alison van Uytvanck, 6-4, 6-4.
The reigning US Open champion then switched into more casual attire for her post-match obligations, and was soon seen sporting Rafael Nadal’s signature Nike logo as she arrived for her press conference.
Asked about the subtle tribute, Raducanu admitted she’s aiming to channel the 22-time Grand Slam champ during what has been a high-pressure return to her home tournament.
“I think Rafa just embodies fight, that sort of energy,” she explained. “That's what I'm bringing in. In terms of energy-wise, I think that I have had a tough year, like it's no secret. It is all worth it just to go out on Centre Court and get a win like that.”