Emma Raducanu to be given ‘homecoming’ broadcast to toast her US Open win
Emma Raducanu has become an overnight superstar of world sport after her remarkable US Open win and now the Lawn Tennis Association are set to give the 18-year-old a welcome home befitting of a champion.
After a stunning US Open for British tennis that also included two doubles titles for Joe Salisbury and wheelchair tennis success for Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid, the LTA are staging a broadcast event that will celebrate the success of their star names.
“To celebrate the success of the British US Open champions – Raducanu, Joe Salisbury, Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett – the LTA is inviting the nation to come together for a special ‘Homecoming’ event,” said the governing body of British tennis.
“This exclusive thirty-minute show will be broadcast live on Friday 24 September at 12:30pm on BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport online and the Red Button as well as the LTA’s social media channels.”
Join us live for a celebration of our @usopen champions
Watch 'The Homecoming' this Friday at 12:30pm
— LTA (@the_LTA) September 23, 2021
In 2018, Raducanu joined the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme to give her the support that she needed including coaching, access to science and medical services and wildcards to tournaments. Emma has been competing in LTA competitions since aged seven starting out as a regular on the circuit of local and regional LTA competitions across the south of England.
Salisbury is supported by the LTA’s Elite Support programme, offered to the highest performing British players, who are targeting major tournament success. The programme – which is offered to singles players who reach the ATP / WTA top 100 and doubles players who reach the ATP / WTA top 32 – gives Salisbury access to science, medicine and wellbeing support at the National Tennis Centre and Grand Slams.
Hewett and Reid are supported through the LTA’s Elite Wheelchair support programme as part of the LTA Wheelchair Performance Pathway. The programme is designed to give athletes everything they need to deliver success in the sport’s most significant events.
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