‘I’m over the moon…but hungry to get well!’: Emma Raducanu reveals her thirst for MORE success after just ‘a few days of rest’ to follow her US Open triumph – during a visit to the New York Stock Stock Exchange
- Emma Raducanu was present at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday
- US Open champion tapped a different ambition when she went to Wall Street
- Raducanu plans to take a few days off before returning to training and events
- Meanwhile, John McEnroe stuck to his comments about her mental strength
Emma Raducanu has admitted she’s still on ‘cloud nine’ after her stunning US Open win and is planning a few days of rest before returning to tennis.
The 18-year-old defeated Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday to become Britain’s first female Grand Slam winner in 44 years.
It was only Raducanu’s second major appearance and the new world number 23 made headlines around the world, appeared on several TV channels in the United States and she also attended the Met Gala on Monday.
Emma Raducanu admitted she was still in ‘cloud nine’ after attending the NY Stock Exchange
The 18-year-old tapped into another ambition after attending the Met Gala on Monday night (R)
A day later, the player from Kent checked off a long-term ambition during her visit to Wall Street.
“I’m over the moon, but I’m so excited to be here at the New York Stock Exchange. It was one of the places on my bucket list before I left New York and I’m so excited and grateful for everyone who made this possible,” Raducanu told CNBC’s closing bell program on Tuesday.
“I have a few days of rest and recovery (coming), I think that’s necessary after the last seven weeks, but then I’m right back to training and I’m hungry to get better and come back and then some to play tournaments.’
Raducanu only completed her A levels earlier in the summer, earning an A* in Mathematics and an A in Economics from Newstead Wood School in Orpington.
Revealing that she has always had a great interest in the New York Stock Exchange, the teen added: ‘It’s something I studied in school, in my A levels.
Raducanu didn’t drop a set on his way to become champion at Flushing Meadows
‘I’ve just always had a great interest. My parents were both in the financial world and it’s incredible to see it live.’
Weeks after Raducanu passed her exams, the Toronto-born ace shone at Wimbledon, reaching the fourth round impressively before being forced to withdraw from her last-16 match with Ajla Tomljanovic at Center Court due to breathing difficulties.
John McEnroe, three-time All England Club winner, said at the time that he felt the opportunity was “getting a little too much” for the wildcard, linking it to Naomi Osaka’s mental health issues.
Raducanu reacted emphatically on the field in America, showing her newly improved physicality by not dropping a set in Flushing Meadows as she had to make it through qualifying to make it to the main draw.
When asked in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour what he meant by his comments in July, McEnroe said, “I meant exactly what I said.
John McEnroe (left) stands by his comments about Raducanu’s mental strength at Wimbledon
“I tried in a small way to relate it to my experience when I first went to Wimbledon, also at the age of 18, and managed to qualify, as Emma did, by going to the semi-finals.
“She did better than me. I played Jimmy Connors, I hadn’t been to Center Court and I remember my legs shaking, feeling totally overwhelmed by the experience and almost glad I didn’t win.
“Then I went to Stanford for a year and had some time to mentally regroup and prepare for the rigors of the tour.
‘There are many great benefits, but there is also the pressure that you put on yourself and the expectations that others place on you.’
The 18-year-old retired from her last-16 draw at SW19 in July due to breathing difficulties
Raducanu is now the new British No. 1 and the first British champion in women’s singles since 1977
McEnroe was heavily criticized at the time for his comments, but insisted that “compared to a lot of other things I’ve said in the past, that to me was as vanilla as they can get” and insisted, “I was very reliant on her, thought me at the time.’
He added: “More important than what I said I think is how she handled it because I’m sure there was a lot of concern in the British Tennis Association, along with people in her family and the people who work with her, how will she be able to deal with this kind of newfound fame?
“I don’t think you could do better than she did. Win the US Open? Are you joking? That’s insane, because she was able to do this.’