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From Emma Raducanu’s US Open triumph and Cameron Norrie’s meteoric stand up the rankings to Andy Murray’s comeback, it has been fairly a yr for British tennis, lifting a nation which had been down within the dumps because of the coronavirus pandemic; Johanna Konta retired from sport

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Emma Raducanu shocked the tennis world by turning into the primary qualifier in historical past to win a Grand Slam singles title on the US Open (Jo Becktold/CSM through ZUMA Wire)

Britain has a brand new golden lady and her identify is Emma Raducanu.

One minute she was making ready to take a seat A-Ranges in economics and maths, and the following, the then 18-year-old from Bromley, Kent was lifting the US Open trophy and gathering a cheque for £1.8 m.

Raducanu received 10 matches at Flushing Meadows, all in straight units, to change into the primary qualifier to make all of it the way in which to a Grand Slam title and the primary British girl to win a serious since Virginia Wade’s well-known 1977 Wimbledon success.

Her beautiful 6-4 6-3 victory over Leylah Fernandez within the closing earned a spot on the purple carpet at New York’s trendy Met Gala and a spot within the nation’s coronary heart without end. Fairly a fairytale!

Raducanu was a rookie who had by no means a lot as received a WTA Tour match, and who performed her first main event solely a few months earlier at Wimbledon.

It was on the All England Membership that Raducanu confirmed the British public and the tennis world what a particular expertise she is, reaching the fourth spherical earlier than she was compelled to withdraw resulting from respiratory difficulties in opposition to Ajla Tomljanovic.

Ranked 343 at the beginning of 2021, Raducanu completed the yr as solely the fifth British girl to make it into the world’s high 20 regardless of taking part in in simply 10 tournaments.

Her preparation for the Australian Open didn’t start in one of the best of circumstances after she contracted COVID-19 in Abu Dhabi, however she was in excessive spirits when gathering the BBC Sports activities Persona of the Yr award whereas in isolation.

Emma Raducanu opens up to Sky News presenter Jacquie Beltrao about her fairytale in New York and her aims for 2022

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Emma Raducanu opens as much as Sky Information presenter Jacquie Beltrao about her fairytale in New York and her goals for 2022

Emma Raducanu opens as much as Sky Information presenter Jacquie Beltrao about her fairytale in New York and her goals for 2022

What about her possibilities of extra Grand Slam glory in 2022? Nicely, Raducanu has appointed an skilled and nurturing coach in German Torben Beltz and is targeted on catching up bodily to her friends as she prepares for her first full season within the sport.

Whether or not she goes on to win extra titles subsequent season or sooner or later stays to be seen however Raducanu has modified the panorama of British tennis and there could possibly be a really thrilling decade to come back.

Raducanu was not the one British tennis success story in 2021 with Cameron Norrie rocketing from outdoors the highest 70 to the verge of the highest 10 after claiming the largest win of his profession to gather the Indian Wells title.

Dan Evans established himself within the high 30 and defeated Novak Djokovic on clay, and though three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray ended the season ranked No 134, he’ll take coronary heart after taking part in in eight consecutive tournaments following his US Open exit.

Greg Rusedski believes it will be a 'hard road' for Andy Murray to get back to his best

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Greg Rusedski believes it will likely be a ‘laborious highway’ for Andy Murray to get again to his greatest

Greg Rusedski believes it will likely be a ‘laborious highway’ for Andy Murray to get again to his greatest

He has already proven constructive indicators forward of the brand new season with a complete win over British rival Evans and Rafael Nadal on the Mubadala Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi the place he was coaching below German coach Jan De Witt having parted methods with Jamie Delgado after over 5 years service.

It was the tip of the highway, in the meantime, for Britain’s greatest feminine participant of the final 30 years, with Johanna Konta bowing out on the age of 30 saying she not had the need to speculate the whole lot essential into the game.

Will Novak Djokovic dominate men's tennis again in 2022?

Will Novak Djokovic dominate males’s tennis once more in 2022?

Novak Djokovic stays a person on a mission in males’s tennis after coming agonisingly near turning into the primary man since Rod Laver to win a calendar Grand Slam.

With Federer and Nadal each hampered by harm, Daniil Medvedev is the most recent identify to hitch the ranks of Grand Slam champions.

There are a lot of questions heading into 2022, not least what influence vaccine mandates can have and the way the game tackles the difficulty of China shifting ahead.

It appears to be like set to be one other fascinating yr on and off courtroom.

Better of British within the Open period

Andy Murray

Murray is a three-time Grand Slam champion

Murray is a three-time Grand Slam champion

In an period the place Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic dominated and dazzled, Murray’s three Grand Slam triumphs, two Olympic golds and unforgettable rise to No 1 on the planet in 2016 shouldn’t be glossed over. The Scot’s main haul would certainly have been increased had he not had the misfortune to be modern rivals to that all-conquering trio, who repeatedly admonished those that sought to forged him out of tennis’ ‘Large 4’.

Virginia Wade

Virginia Wade also won three Grand Slams

Virginia Wade additionally received three Grand Slams

In a profession that began in direction of the tip of the beginner period and stretched nicely into the Open period, Wade matched Murray’s variety of Grand Slam successes and received 55 WTA titles in all in addition to reaching a peak of world No 2 within the mid-Nineteen Seventies. Her crowning second got here at Wimbledon in 1977, the event’s centenary yr. Wade additionally received 4 Grand Slam doubles titles alongside Margaret Court docket.

Sue Barker

Sue Barker was a French Open champion at the age of 20

Sue Barker was a French Open champion on the age of 20

Her 1976 French Open triumph got here shortly after her twentieth birthday and was considered the beginning of a glittering profession. Semi-final appearances at Wimbledon and the Australian Open elevated her rating to a peak of third on the planet in 1977 earlier than accidents step by step took their toll thereafter. Nevertheless, a report of 15 singles titles and 12 in doubles continues to be a effective achievement.

Greg Rusedski

Greg Rusedski reached the 1997 US Open final losing to Pat Rafter

Greg Rusedski reached the 1997 US Open closing dropping to Pat Rafter

The large-serving left-hander wrestled with Tim Henman for British superiority earlier than Murray got here alongside and locations increased than his rival due to his 1997 US Open closing look in addition to successful 4 extra singles titles (15 to Henman’s 11). Nevertheless, Canadian-born Rusedski’s total report within the main tournaments was undistinguished for a participant who climbed as excessive as fourth within the rankings, reaching just one different quarter-final.

Tim Henman

Tim Henman was a four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist

Tim Henman was a four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist

His close to misses at Wimbledon, the place he reached the semi-finals on 4 separate events with out progressing additional, earned him a legion of followers whereas ‘Henman Hill’ continues to be known as such regardless of his retirement greater than a decade in the past. Henman was greater than a plucky have-a-go hero, although, and in addition reached the semi-finals of the French Open and US Open, was ranked fourth at one level and boasted wins over various all-time greats.

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