Emma Raducanu: US Open champion ‘creeped out’ and ‘very apprehensive’ after stalker visited her house
Emma Raducanu says it “feels like her freedom has been taken away from her” after she was stalked by a man following her US Open success.
A 35-year-old man was found guilty in the Bromley Magistrates Court on Friday of stalking the teenager and he is set to be sentenced in February.
The Daily Mail reports that the man became obsessed with Raducanu after she won the US Open title at Flushing Meadows in September last year and he “travelled to the London suburb where Miss Raducanu lives with her parents and asked strangers for directions to her home”.
He reportedly visited her house three times and once left a note telling the teenager “deserved love” while on another occasion he stole her father’s shoe as a “souvenir”.
The British tennis player told the court that she no longer feels save in her own home.
A statement to the courts and published by the Daily Mail, Raducanu said: “Since all this has happened, I have felt creeped out. I feel very apprehensive if I go out, especially if I am on my own.
“Because of this I feel like my freedom has been taken away from me. I am constantly looking over my shoulder. I feel on edge and worried this could happen again. I don’t feel safe in my own home which is where I should feel safest.”
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