Britain's new tennis icon Emma Raducanu letting parents 'take care' of £1.8m US Open prize money as teen star returns
EMMA RADUCANU will let her parents take care of her hefty £1.8m US Open prize money.
Britain's new tennis star Raducanu – 18 – made history by becoming the country's first Grand Slam women's singles champion in more than 44 years.
The teenage sensation defeated Leylah Fernandez with a straight-sets victory in the final to complete one of the greatest underdog journeys in the history of sports.
Her triumph came with a grand prize but she keeps her feet on the ground by claiming she hasn't even checked to see if the funds have arrived in her bank account yet.
Once the money arrives, the British tennis ace assures it'll go towards advancing her career under her parents' supervision.
Raducanu told the BBC: "I will just leave that to my parents. They can take that for me.
"I haven't done anything or bought anything yet. I know tennis is an expensive sport.
"From everything, travel and expenses. It'll probably go towards that.
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"I don't really think of the money side of that. I know there are a lot of taxes and expenses."
Raducanu returned to her hometown of Bromley, south-east London, on Thursday with the esteemed trophy.
That is where she found some free time to re-watch her US Open success and experience it the same way the rest of the country did.
Raducanu added: "I actually re-watched the final and tried to relive a couple of the moments and remember how it felt, so it is sinking in a little more.
"It's funny because when I was watching it, it almost feels like that's not me that was playing and pulling off some of those shots, it feels like it's someone else.
"I knew exactly what was going to happen but still it's a very tense moment and, re-watching it, I was really proud of how I came through some tough moments.
"And also the [medical] timeout at the end – I didn't realise how stressful that was on TV compared to live."
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