Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Holds Court With New British Queen of Tennis Emma Raducanu

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Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and newly crowned U.S, Open Champion Emma Raducanu in mid-rally during their doubles match on Friday at Britain's National Tennis Centre in southwest London on Friday. Photo: Jeremy Selwyn/Pool via Reuters

British royal Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, joined Britain’s new queen of tennis Emma Raducanu on court on Friday to celebrate the newly crowned U.S. Open Champion’s achievement.

Raducanu, 18, shot to fame this month after she became Britain’s first female Grand Slam champion for 44 years.

She joined forces with Kate, wife of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince William, for a game of doubles at a special event to celebrate Britain’s new tennis champions.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets US Open Champion Emma Raducanu at the LTA Centre in Roehampton, London on Friday. Photo: Jeremy Selwyn/Pool via Reuters


Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid, who won the men’s wheelchair doubles at the U.S. Open, and Joe Salisbury, who won the men’s doubles, also met the duchess.

A keen tennis player herself, Kate called the players’ victories “amazing” as she showed off her forehand in a navy tennis outfit for the knock-up at Britain’s National Tennis Centre in southwest London.

She is the patron of the Lawn Tennis Association and often seen in the royal box at Wimbledon.

Raducanu‘s win, a fairytale run from the qualifying rounds to the U.S. Open, was saluted by Queen Elizabeth.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Giles Elgood)