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Emma Raducanu meets the Duchess of Cambridge at special "Homecoming" event
The two paired up for a quick doubles game at the National Tennis Centre in southwest London.
Published Sep 25, 2021
Emma Raducanu is finally back at home after months away on the WTA Tour. Earlier this week, she reunited with her parents in Bromley, southeast London for the first time since becoming a Grand Slam champion. It's been an absolute whirlwind for the Brit, who has been in the spotlight ever since she's captured the US Open title—attending the Met Gala, becoming an ambassador for Tiffany & Co. and now meeting Kate Middleton.
On Friday, Raducanu spent the day alongside fellow Brits Alfie Hewitt and Gordon Reid who secured the men's wheelchair Calendar Grand Slam at this year's US Open, and Joe Salisbury who picked up the mixed doubles crown. All four enjoyed a quick doubles game with the Duchess of Cambridge at the National Tennis Centre in southwest London.
Before Raducanu and Middleton hit the courts, the group sat down to briefly to catch up and talk about their US Open experiences with Middleton.
"Amazing, guys, honestly. Congratulations. It was seriously impressive. It's so nice to see all of you back here in your home countries to celebrate," Middleton told Raducanu, Salisbury, Hewitt and Reid.
Raducanu partnered with Middleton and the two were seen sharing conversation and a ton of laughs on the court together. The teen was also in awe of the Middleton's game.
"Her forehand is incredible," she told British press.
The "Homecoming" event was also an opportunity for the group of Grand Slam champions along with Middleton to meet the next generation of British tennis players. The LTA's youth program is all about keeping young athletes in the game by providing more access to the sport, regardless of age, gender, ability, disability or background.