British Number 1 and 2021 US Open Champion Emma Raducanu has been awarded MBE by King Charles III at Windsor Castle.
She was awarded an MBE for her services to tennis. In speaking to the press, the 20-year-old said that she was Extremely grateful.
She became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since 1977 when Virginia Wade achieved the same feat. She is also the first qualifier of any nationality to have done so.
In a statement issued by her agent, Raducanu said:
“It’s been great to receive my honor today from His Majesty the King - I feel extremely grateful.”
In the same ceremony, Labour MP Dame Nia Griffth was conferred with her damehood. She had this to say of the young tennis star:
“I think it is fantastic seeing a young person [achieve] the success that she had and I think obviously now she faces that incredibly challenging situation of coping with that success and coping also with disappointment.
“And I certainly think it is wonderful to see young people being praised and being rewarded and let’s make sure we give every young person the opportunities so that they can develop their talents to the full.”
It is an uplifting end to what has been a disappointing year of the young Brit. Not only was she unable to defend her US Open title, but it has also been a season plagued with injuries and niggles that kept her from achieving any great successes.