LONDON – British royalty Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, joined Britain’s new tennis queen Emma Raducanu on the court on Friday to celebrate the achievement of the newly crowned US Open champion.
Raducanu, 18, rose to prominence this month after becoming Britain’s first Grand Slam champion in 44 years.
She joined forces with Kate, wife of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, Prince William, for a game of doubles at a special event to celebrate Britain’s new tennis champions.
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid, who won the men’s wheelchair doubles at the US Open, and Joe Salisbury, who won the men’s doubles, also met the Duchess.
Kate, an avid tennis player, called the players’ victories “jaw-dropping” as she showed off her forehand in a navy blue tennis outfit for the knock-up at Great Britain’s National Tennis Center in southwest London. .
She is the sponsor of the Lawn Tennis Association and is often seen in the royal box at Wimbledon.
Raducanu’s victory, a fairytale run from the qualifying rounds to the US Open, was hailed by Queen Elizabeth.