Sir Andy Murray, Raducanu’s Triumph is an opportunity for British tennis development.
Murray while speaking in a news conference spoke about Raducanu’s US Open triumph at the Rennes Open after he eased past Germany’s Yannick Maden to reach the second round.
According to him Emma Raducanu’s “very special” US Open victory has presented British tennis with a “huge opportunity” to attract more people to the sport, says three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray.
The 18-year-old became the nation first female Grand Slam singles title winner in 44 years
when she beat Leylah Fernandez in the final.
She also became the first qualifier in history to win a major.
“It was incredible what she did there,” former US Open champion, Murray.
“What she did in New York was very special, a huge boost for British tennis and gives hopefully the governing bodies an opportunity to utilize in getting more kids involved in the sport. It’s great what she did and a huge opportunity for British tennis now.”
Murray, 34, said he like many others involved in British tennis who “knew she was extremely good” and that Raducanu’s run to the fourth round at Wimbledon was a telling “glimpse of how good she could be”.
“I’ve spent a little bit of time around her on the practice court, but more so in the same building, training close to each other, and watching what she’s doing, and she’s obviously really very good,” the former world number one said.
Fifth seed Murray, who was given a wildcard to play in the second-tier ATP Challenger Tour event at Rennes took just 74 minutes to beat Maden 6-3 6-1.
It was the 34-year-old’s first match since going down in five sets to world number three Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of the US Open.
Murray next faces either qualifier Manuel Guinard or Roman Safiullin.
while, fellow Briton Heather Watson was dispatched 6-1 6-3 in the first round of the Zavarovalnica Sava Portoroz in Slovenia by Romania’s Sorana.
Five over five for Paris St-Germain in Ligue 1, emphatic home win over Clermont.
PSG, with the absence of Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr due to their late arrival from national team duty were still the best on the day against their opponents.
Herrera struck a first half brace to put the host in control.
Before Kylian Mbappe slotted in a coolly taken third, Idrissa Gueye rounded off the rout with a header.
PSG, would travel to Club Bruges for their Champions League opener on Wednesday, lead the way with 15 points from five matches.
Clermont had begun this season, their median in the French top league impressively, but their first defeat leaves them third on eight points.
The visitors started reasonably well, but it was evident on the way when Herrera followed up his headed opener with a well placed finish from close range.
Mbappe made sure of the win and Gueye added the cherry to the cake for a star-studded PSG side that included a league debut for Italian Euro 2020-winning shot stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma.Toh