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Emma Raducanu to be personally congratulated by Duchess of Cambridge

The Queen of New York is set to meet the future Queen. Emma Raducanu will be personally congratulated by the Duchess of Cambridge, a keen amateur tennis player who has been closely following the teenager’s astonishing success since her first appearance at Wimbledon.

Telegraph Sport understands that the Duchess is keen to meet Raducanu in person and commend her for her hard work and US Open triumph. It is expected that Kensington Palace will arrange a convenient date with Team Raducanu, given the heavy schedules both women now have.

The 18-year-old, whose extraordinary victory on Saturday night has made her a global superstar, praised the Duchess during a round of interviews in the US for the flagship morning television programmes.

“I’m very very honoured to have received a note from Her Majesty and the Duchess [of Cambridge],” she said in reference to a statement released by the Queen praising her “remarkable achievement” and another posted on Twitter by, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge  that said: “Huge congratulations Emma Raducanu… we are all so proud of you.”

Underlining her stratospheric rise from A-level student three months ago to Grand Slam winner, Raducanu posed in front of a newly erected Nike billboard of herself on a New York street, posting on Instagram: “Sightseeing in NY. Never thought I would see this… coolest thing.”

On Monday night she was expected to attend the Met Gala, the most prestigious high society event in New York, a fundraising event held at the Met Museum that coincides with the city’s fashion week. The event is typically the preserve of Hollywood A-listers and the biggest stars in pop music.

Raducanu, if her success continues, threatens to be tennis’s most bankable star for years to come – and the invitation to the Met Gala reinforces that.

She told ABC’s Good Morning America that she was enjoying “the best time of my life” and admitted she had still to check her phone for messages, having given it up so as not to distract from her tennis over the course of the tournament. 

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