The Evening Standard

Neighbour recalls watching tennis star Emma Raducanu practising in the street

September 10, 2021

A neighbour of Emma Raducanu’s family spoke of her pride at the teenager’s rise to stardom as she recalled watching her practising in the street during the pandemic.

Christine Whatling, 81, who lives in the same road as the family in Bromley, south-east London, said she believes the 18-year-old “will go far”.

“We’ve seen her playing tennis out there (in the street), especially during Covid, but we were a bit worried because the way she was whacking the ball… we were thinking ‘Somebody’s windows are going to go in a minute!’ or that it’s going to hit somebody’s car,” she told the PA news agency.

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