Emma Raducanu set to be granted honour by The Queen in New Year list

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu’s sensational 2021 is set to be given a final crowning glory – as she looks set to be recognised by The Queen for her remarkable achievements.

Raducanu emerged as the biggest star in British sport over the last year, winning the US Open in sensational fashion in September and being named as BBC Sports Personality of the Year earlier this month.

Now the 19-year-old is set to be awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, according to reports in the UK media.

If she is confirmed to be on the list for this year, Raducanu would become the youngest recipient of an MBE, confirming the latest groundbreaking achievement for the rising star of the women’s game.

It would not be a surprise if Raducanu’s achievements were given this seal of approval by the Royal household after the Brit confirmed she had received a letter from the Queen following her US Open win.

“I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships,” read the letter from Her Majesty.

“It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication.  I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players.  I send my warmest good wishes to you and your many supporters.”

Now it seems she will be a youthful recipient of an MBE, joining a relatively short list of British tennis stars who have received the honour.

Tim Henman received an OBE for his services to tennis, while Andy Murray was knighted after his double Wimbledon win.

Former French Open champion Sur Barker had a CBE, while 1977 Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade was awarded an OBE in 1986.