The Prime Minister spoke to Emma Raducanu this afternoon to congratulate her on her fantastic victory at the US Open.

In their conversation the Prime Minister praised Emma’s “determination, skill and mental strength” during a series of tough matches, and said “the whole of the UK had united behind her success.”

The teenager, who has described her time in New York as a ‘fairytale’ was toast of the town last night as she shone on the red carpet at the glittering Met Gala.

The newly crowned tennis champ said she received a last minute invitation to the fundraiser at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in sport, music, film and fashion. She said she mingled with Brits such as James Corden, Dominic Cooper and Brooklyn Beckham.

Emma Raducanu shared a photo of herself pointing at past US Open winners on Instagram. Pic: Instagram/Emma Raducanu

After becoming the first British woman to win a major title in 44 years, Emma said she celebrated her win with her team by ordered sushi and champagne to her hotel suite and staying up until the early hours of Sunday morning.

Tim Henman who was invited along told the Daily Mail:

“After Emma had done all her commitments and photos we all climbed into a minibus.

“Someone put on Sweet Caroline and I’ve got this great video on my phone of everyone singing along to it.

“It was a very special night, and a real privilege to be invited and be there.

“We reminisced and talked about everything that has happened in the past few weeks.

“I don’t think I left until 4.45am, it was such a happy occasion and everyone really enjoyed themselves.”

The teenage tennis star is expected to fly back to the UK this week and Downing Street is understood to be involved in discussions about a potential celebratory reception.

Both the Prime Minister and Emma agreed on the importance of continuing to support grassroots tennis, and in encouraging young people to take up the game.


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