Who are Emma Raducanu's parents? Mom and dad of British tennis star

Joshua Rogers June 27, 2022
Who are Emma Raducanu's parents? Mom and dad of  British tennis star
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Emma Raducanu is back at SW19 where she first made a name for herself as last year’s Wimbledon. Here, we take a look at who Emma Raducanu’s parents are.

At the start of 2021 Emma Raducanu was a remarkably new face on tour. She only made her debut WTA main draw appearance at the Nottingham Open.

Raducanu, ranked 338 in the world at the time by the WTA, then reached the fourth round at SW19 before retiring because of breathing difficulties.

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After coming through the qualifying rounds, Raducanu then managed to win the 2021 US Open.

Playing in just her second Grand Slam, Raducanu advanced to the semi-finals after beating Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.

Emma then beat Greek 17th seed Maria Sakkari in the semi-finals before taking on Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez in the final.

Emma triumphed in straight sets, making history by becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament. She is also the first female British tennis player to win a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.

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Raducanu’s parents and tennis school in London

Emma was born in Toronto, Canada, on 3 November 2002. Her father Ian is Romanian and her mother Renee is Chinese. They are both financial executives.

She moved to London at the age of two and started playing tennis at the Bromley Tennis academy when she was just five.

The tennis sensation was a jack-of-all-trades as a child, dabbling in tennis, ballet, swimming, horse riding, golf, skiing and even motocross.

However, she found her true calling in tennis and started idolising Li Na, as well as Romanian Simona Halep, from an early age.

Her father Ian is still an important part of her team and had a say on her coaching situation after the US Open.

However, because of covid restrictions and Emma’s unexpected journey in the tournament, her parents were unable to attend the US Open final to see their daughter’s incredible triumph.

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Visits to Romania to see her grandmother

Amazingly, Emma had been balancing her tennis career with studying for her A levels before she made a name for herself at Wimbledon.

She even chose not to travel to lower-level tournaments abroad to sit exams in maths and economics at Newstead School.

Newstead, based in Orpington, London, tweeted to congratulate their tennis prodigy at Wimbledon 2021. Emma also achieved her A-Levels!

Despite the hectic schedule, Emma still managed to find time to visit her grandmother in Romania, whom she loves spending time with.

She said: “My grandma, Mamiya, still lives in central Bucharest. I go back a couple times a year, stay with her, see her. It’s really nice. I love the food, to be honest. I mean, the food is unbelievable. And my grandma’s cooking is also something special. I do have ties to Bucharest.”

Raducanu’s 2022 so far

The British hopeful took on America’s Sloane Stephens in the first round of the 2022 Australian Open, one of the toughest draws she could have received. Raducanu was the 17th seed Down Under, while Stephens – a former US Open champion – is world no.68.

Raducanu beat Stephens in three sets, 6-0, 2-6, 6-1 but lost was defeated by Danka Kovinić in the second round. She then entered the Indian Wells Open where she was beaten in the third round by Petra Martić. At the Miami Open she lost to Kateřina Siniaková in three sets in the second round.

Raducanu announced a split from her coach Torben Beltz later in the year and lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in three sets in the second round of the French Open.

She will play Alison Van Uytvanck in the first round at this year’s Wimbledon championships.

How far do you think she will go? Let us know in the comments below!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.