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All You Need to Know About Emma Raducanu’s Family and Her Early Childhood

The British player Emma Raducanu made her WTA tour debut in the year 2021. However, she entered the junior tennis championships long before then. Emma started her junior career when she turned 13 years old, that is in 2015. 

Alternating between junior and senior tennis tournaments, Raducanu turned into a professional player in 2018, three years after her junior debut. Currently holding the World No.11 rank, Emma is the reigning US Open champion. In 2021, the 19-year-old became the first British woman to lift a Grand-Slam title in 44 years. The hard-court Slam event was Raducanu’s maiden Grand-Slam title as well.

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Emma Raducanu with her US Open trophy

While Emma is well-known for her accomplishments on the court, she is just as talented off-court as well. With her diverse background, the British champion is also known for her linguistic skills.

Who are Emma Raducanu’s parents?

Emma was born in Toronto, Canada but raised in England in a town called Bromley. As a result, Raducanu holds both Canadian and British citizenship. The 19-year-old was pretty much obligated to pursue career in an academic field given her parents are both in the finance sector.

Her father is Ion Raducanu id from Bucharest while her mother Renee Zhai is from Shenyang. Emma describes her mother’s side of the family as ‘mentally resilient.’ During her upbringing, Raducanu says her parents were pretty tough on her.

The US Open 2021 champion along with her family moved to England when she was two years old. And Emma Raducanu took up tennis at the early age of five. In addition, she played other sports such as golf, basketball and took part in skiing, ballet, and horse-riding among other activities.  It was her father who encouraged the British player to participate in as many sporting activities as she can, and Emma did so too.  Ion Raducanu remains a vital part of the young champion’s team as well. She credits her goodwill and mentality to her parents.

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Emma with her father Ion Raducanu

What languages does Emma Raducanu speak?

Raducanu is a single child of a Romanian father and Chinese mother. Being raised in such a diverse background naturally, Emma can speak multiple languages. The 19-year-old is very well fluent in English, Romanian and Mandarin languages. There are occasions that Raducanu has interacted with her Chinese fans by speaking Mandarin. At the Transylvania Open 2021, Emma addressed the crowd by speaking in her Romanian tongue.

Moving on to her academic achievements, the British athlete has excellent knowledge of mathematics and economics just like her parents who work in finance background. She completed her studies in a selective grammar school- Newstead Wood School.

Raducanu considers the Romanian player Simona Halep and Li Na of China as her role models. She says Simona and Li are her models of ethics and mentality. In addition, Halep stated that Romania is proud of the 19-year-old’s US Open achievement and has adopted her as its own.

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Emma Raducanu in action at the Madrid Open 2022

Currently, Raducanu is at her career-high ranking of No.11. The British athlete has advanced to the second round in the ongoing Madrid Open event. Raducanu defeated Tereza Martincová of Czech Republic in straight sets to move closer to the ATP 1000 title. Emma is set to play against the Ukrainian player Marta Kostyuk in the Round of 32.


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