Emma Raducanu jokes that she just wanted to win enough money to replace the £109 Airpods she lost in her dressing room…
- Emma Raducanu joked that the first thing she will buy is a new pair of Airpods
- The 18-year-old lost her headphones before her first round qualifier
- She took £1.8m in prize money after beating Leylah Fernandez
- But the teen said her first goal was to win enough to replace her Airpods
US Open champion Emma Raducanu joked that her first goal at the Grand Slam was to win enough money to replace her lost Airpods.
The 18-year-old became the first ever qualifier to win the match at Flushing Meadows, with her win over Leylah Fernandez netting her a massive £1.8 million in prize money.
But making a big dent in that paycheck after the game was far from Raducanu’s mind.
US Open champion Emma Raducanu joked how her first Grand Slam goal was to win enough money to replace her lost Airpods
The British teen joked that replacing her Airpods had become a running joke with her team
“There’s a joke in my team because before my first round qualifier, I lost my Airpods,” she told ESPN.
“I actually ran through the locker rooms three minutes before my call to find it, but I lost it and I thought to myself, you know what, if you win this match you can get yourself a pair of Airpods and that’s the running joke become!’
The headphones, made by Apple, cost around £109.
Raducanu is now tipped to earn up to £100million from sponsorship deals, is a favorite to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year and may even be honored by the Queen.
Lucrative deals with Nike and racket makers Wilson have already made her a fortune of £1million, but that figure will be dwarfed by her future earnings.
Raducanu’s team celebrates its victory over Leylah Fernandez in Flushing Meadows on Saturday
Raducanu ended a 44-year wait for a British female individual Grand Slam winner in just her second major ever.
The teen said she hasn’t thought about how her life will change after her stunning win.
“I don’t even think about, like, when I go home. I have no idea when I’m going home.
“I have no idea what I’m going to do tomorrow. I’m really trying to embrace the moment, to take it all in.
The 18-year-old’s first Grand Slam win earned her a massive £1.8m prize
“I definitely think it’s time to just move away from future thoughts or plans, any schedule. I have absolutely no idea. Right now, no care in the world, I just love life.
‘I still haven’t checked my phone! I have absolutely no idea what’s going on outside of the little world we’re in here. We’ve just been in the silent room, just enjoying the moment, taking it all in.
“I think we really need to shut down from everything today, just enjoy it as a team because it was a team effort. I didn’t come here alone at all.
“Everyone who is here with me has helped me on my way and played a big part.”