Emma Raducanu’s replica US Open trophy will be paraded around the country in the run-up to Wimbledon in a bid to inspire kids
- Emma Raducanu has a replica of the US Open trophy she lifted last September
- Trophy will follow her around at UK tournaments this summer on public show
- The British No 1 is set to compete in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix this week
Emma Raducanu’s replica US Open trophy will follow her around at UK tournaments this summer on public show.
Exactly where she will play prior to Wimbledon has yet to be determined, but on Sunday she was off to Stuttgart for this week’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
The foot blisters which hampered her during her second match in the Billie Jean King Cup on Saturday are expected to have receded.
Emma Raducanu has a replica of the US Open trophy she lifted in New York last September
Britain’s 3-2 defeat by the Czech Republic on clay will be one of Raducanu’s lower-key appearances as the summer unfolds.
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) are keen to show off her silverware to help inspire youngsters. Chief executive Scott Lloyd confirmed: ‘We have been talking to Wimbledon as well about how that can get some profile during the Championships.’
There remains sensitivity towards the 19-year-old at the governing body.
Raducanu suffered from blisters during her 6-1 6-1 thrashing by Marketa Vondrousova
‘It is going to be a very tough year for her, in terms of her profile,’ Lloyd added. ‘It is only a year ago she was sitting her A Levels. You saw her navigate that last summer with incredible maturity. It is a learning experience.’
Raducanu is due to reunite this week with coach Torben Beltz, who remains in place for now. She has certainly not lacked for different voices when setting out to tackle a proper clay-court swing for the first time. These have included GB captain Anne Keothavong, veteran Italian Riccardo Piatti and former Davis Cup player James Ward.
Lloyd also confirmed the LTA are bidding to host the Billie Jean King Cup’s 12-team finals in November. There is a realistic chance they will get them — and the team wildcard that goes to the host nation