Emma Raducanu chats with Andy Murray ahead of Indian Wells tournament
Back to the grind! Emma Raducanu returns to the court in California with Andy Murray after letting her hair down at a string of red carpet events
- Emma Raducanu pictured with Andy Murray at Indian Wells Gardens, California
- 18-year-old British No. 1 warmed up with her temporary coach and chatted with two-time Wimbledon winner Murray ahead of first competitive match tomorrow
- Raducanu said her US Open win had sunk in and she is ‘hungry’ for more titles
Emma Raducanu has been pictured with fellow tennis star Andy Murray as the US Open champion returned to the courts after a string of dazzling red carpet appearances.
The new British no.1 practiced with temporary coach Jeremy Bates and chatted with two-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray at Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, California.
Intrigue has been building around the pair, as rumours persist of a potential mixed doubles appearance, with tennis aficionados keen to see the two compete with the world’s best.
Raducanu, 18, will return for her first competitive action this week since ascending to superstardom with her US Open victory in New York last month.
She looked back to her brilliant best in the California sun as she warmed up on the practice courts and showed off an array of shots and impressive footwork as preparations ramp up ahead of the Indian Wells tournament.
The teenager told reporters her stunning triumph at Flushing Meadows has now sunk in and she is ‘hungry’ for more titles, as she prepares to face Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Friday’s opener.
Emma Raducanu has been pictured with fellow tennis star Andy Murray at Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, California
The 18-year-old US Open champion is set to return to competitive action after a string of dazzling red carpet appearances
Emma Raducanu looked ethereal as she made a dazzling arrival at the No Time To Die premiere in London last month
Serving up some fashion! Britain’s tennis darling Emma Raducanu, 18, wowed in a geometric co-ord at the Met Gala in New York after her US Open success
It comes as a resplendent Raducanu rubbed shoulders with a string of Hollywood A-listers and let her hair down at red carpet events after her improbable Grand Slam win.
She wowed in a dazzling silver maxi dress at the No Time to Die Premiere in London, after stealing the show at the Met Gala in New York wearing a geometric black and white co-ord.
Ms Raducanu said she has now had time to let her U.S. Open win sink in and is ready to battle for more titles as she prepares for a return to competition at Indian Wells, where she could face her ‘idol’ Simona Halep in the second round.
After receiving a first round bye, the 18-year-old will face Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Friday’s opener, her first match since her improbable triumph at Flushing Meadows.
World number 22 Raducanu, who became the first qualifier to claim a major title, also said she was amazed by the quality of her tennis in the New York final as she reflected on her improbably win.
She said: ‘It was such a cool experience and sometimes you do just rewind and relive the moment and the feelings.
‘It’s great to reflect and have that so gradually it sort of sinks in.
‘I’m just super proud of the achievement. I’m now looking forward. I’m not going to cling on to that. I’m still hungry for more, really.’
Raducanu stretches to return a ball with her temporary coach Jeremy Bates at Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, California
British tennis stars Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray speak together at Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, California
Emma Raducanu poses with the US Open winner’s trophy outside Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York on September 11, 2021
Raducanu could face double Grand Slam champion Halep in the second round but did not want to look too far ahead.
‘Every single player in this draw is high quality. Anything can happen,’ Raducanu said.
‘Obviously Simona is my idol and if it were to happen I’d be really excited and up for it because it’s an amazing opportunity and experience.
‘One match at a time. Just looking forward to getting out there when I play my first match.’
Raducanu’s remarkable US Open victory last month has prompted Ministers to announce funding to help the next generation of tennis stars.
A £22 million package will be used to repair and improve access to park tennis courts nationwide.
The plan aims to ‘revive’ more than 4,500 council-owned courts across Britain by resurfacing and repainting them, as well as allowing more people to access them using a smartphone app.
The Lawn Tennis Association has also pledged a further £8.5 million towards the plans. Last month, Ms Raducanu, 18, became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam tournament since Virginia Wade in 1977.
Back in the good books! Andy Murray reveals that he’s been reunited with his wedding ring and ‘smelly’ tennis shoes after former British No 1 had them both stolen from under his car ahead of tournament in California
By Nathan Salt and Adam Shergold for MailOnline
Andy Murray has announced he is back in the ‘good books’ with wife Kim after getting his stolen wedding ring back.
The three-time Grand Slam winner, 34, is in California for the Indian Wells tournament, where he was granted a wildcard to compete.
But disaster struck on his latest US trip when his ring – attached to his ‘smelly’ tennis shoes – were stolen following his own ‘terrible idea’ to leave them under his car overnight, leaving him in the doghouse back in the UK.
It was labelled as an ‘idiotic’ decision by Murray to dry his sweaty shoes, leading to them being stolen, but following a massive effort from his fans across social media, Murray has now had his belongings returned.
Posting a photo to his 1.7million Instagram followers, Murray showed himself holding his wedding ring and sniffing his shoes.
He included five hashtags to mark the positive update: #ring, #shoes, #stench, #goodbooks and #idiot.
Andy Murray delighted fans by revealing he has been reunited with his lost wedding ring
Murray, pictured with wife Kim Sears, had appealed for the safe return of his ring – and shoes
‘Would you believe it, ring and the shows have come back home!’ he wrote.
‘They still smell horrific but I’m back in the good books.’
In an accompanying video, Murray said: ‘Hi everyone, hope you’re all doing well. I just wanted to send a quick message to say a quick thanks for all the messages and also to everyone for sharing the story about the shoes and the wedding ring.
‘I had to make a few calls today and chat to the security at the hotel and everything and a little update for everyone… would you believe it?’
Murray precedes to take a big sniff inside one of his shoes before he adds: ‘They still absolutely stink but the shoes are back, the wedding ring is back and I’m back in the good books, let’s go!’
Well-wishers to the good news included WTA Tour star Sloane Stephens who commented: ‘Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank goodness!!!!!!!’
British player Naomi Broady led the calls for more, writing: ‘NO WAY!!! We need an explanation!!’
Murray was in the doghouse this week after his ‘terrible idea’ to leave his wedding ring attached to his tennis shoes, which he then left under his car and they were stolen
Murray cannot wear his wedding ring on court so always ties it to his shoelaces for safe-keeping but on this occasion it appeared he forgot it was there. The former world No 1 then was forced to appeal on social media for the safe return of his ring.
Recounting his tale of woe in an Instagram video, Murray said: ‘Last night after dinner in Indian Wells, I got back in the car to go back to the hotel and the car didn’t smell great.
‘I left my tennis shoes in there and it’s been 38C here so my shoes were very sweaty, damp and smelly.
‘I decided when I got back to the hotel, the shoes needed some air to dry them out a bit. I don’t have a balcony in my room and I didn’t want to leave them in my room as it would stink the room out.
Murray has attached his wedding ring to shoe laces for safe-keeping since his 2015 wedding
The 34-year-old is preparing for the Indian Wells tournament in California this week
‘So I thought I’ll leave the shoes underneath the car to get some air to them and dry them out overnight. When I got back to the car in the morning, the shoes were gone.
‘My tennis shoes for the tournament had been stolen so I had to go to a local pro shop to buy different shoes. Not the end of the world but not ideal.
‘As I was preparing for my practice, my physio said to me, “where is your wedding ring?” And I was like “oh no”.
‘I tie my wedding ring to my shoes when I’m playing because I can’t play with it on my hand. So my wedding ring has been stolen as well so, needless to say, I am in the bad books at home so I want to try and find it.
Murray first attached his wedding ring to his trainers at the BMW Open in Munich in 2015
Murray’s wife Kim watches him in action at Wimbledon during this year’s tournament
‘So if anyone can share this or have any clue where they may be, it would be very helpful if I could get it back or get to the bottom of it.’
In the post caption, Murray said: ‘Yes I know I’m an idiot and in hindsight it seems like a terrible idea but i need some help. What should the reward be for getting it back?’
He followed that with the hashtags #ring #shoes #idiot #help #clown.
Murray came up with the novel way of keeping his ring safe following his marriage to Kim Sears in April 2015.
At his first tournament after his wedding, the BMW Open in Munich, Murray attached the ring to the laces of his Adidas trainers.
They served as a good luck charm as he won the tournament and he said at the time: ‘I won’t lose it if it’s tied to my shoelace. As soon as the match is over I put it back on. If I’d keep it in my bag I’d have lost it already.’
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