Emma Raducanu has become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament after beating Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final. Following her sensational run, fans are curious to know Emma Raducanu’s ethnicity and family background. Let’s take a look…

Emma Raducanu’s ethnicity and background explored

Emma Raducanu was born on 13 November 2000 in Toronto, Canada, to Romanian father Ian and Chinese mother Renee.

The future tennis ace’s family relocated to the UK when she was two and Emma grew up in the south London town of Bromley.

Raducanu displays her family’s background on her Instagram and Twitter bios, which read: “London/Toronto/Shenyang/Bucharest.”

The first two cities reflect where she grew up and where she was born, whereas Shenyang and Bucharest represent where her mother and father are from.

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Tennis player talks parents’ heritage

Emma Raducanu has talked about how proud she is of her mother and father’s family backgrounds.

Growing up, the new British number one would often visit her father’s relatives in Romania and has gushed about the fond memories she has of visiting her grandmother, who lives in central Bucharest.

Raducanu also speaks Mandarin with her mother at home and recently spoke of her mother’s Chinese heritage during an interview with Vogue.

Chatting to the fashion publication, she explained: “My mum comes from a Chinese background, they have very good self-belief. It’s not necessarily about telling everyone how good you are, but it’s about believing it within yourself. I really respect that about the culture.”

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When did Emma Raducanu start playing tennis?

Emma Raducanu started playing the sport from the age of five in her local park before joining the Bromley Tennis academy.

Before her days competing in tournaments around the world, Raducanu enjoyed many sports, including swimming, horse riding and go-karting.

Raducanu went on to win her first ITF title at 13 and has won three singles titles as part of the ITF Circuit since turning pro in 2018.

And now she’s a Grand Slam tournament champion and British number one!

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