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Emma Raducanu: British fans battle fatigue and 3am alarm clock to watch US Open semifinals


Fans battle fatigue and the 3am alarm clock to watch Emma Raducanu’s US Open semifinal against Maria Sakkari… while the LTA jokingly offers a ‘vacation note’ to get out of work on Friday!

Fans of Emma Raducanu were left brewing several cups of coffee and sounding the alarm at three in the morning while watching the British teen at the US Open all night.

Unlike her quarter-final against Belinda Bencic which was at 5pm UK time, her semi-final against Maria Sakkari didn’t get going until after 3am and so many viewers were left wondering if they should go to bed.

The Lawn Tennis Association offered a fake “Vacation Request” form on their behalf to convince those standing on the fence to watch — and go out of work on Friday.

The original start time was supposed to be around 2 a.m., but the first semifinal of the women’s singles match between Leylah Fernandez and Aryna Sabalenka turned into a three-set epic.

After seeing Fernandez take the first set in a tiebreak, social media soon came to life as British fans realized the ramifications for watching Raducanu.

Memes of Mr Bean using matches to keep his eyes open, while others using Tom and Jerry with tape on their eyes, became popular because they wondered how they would make it through the night.

More to follow.



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