British teen sensation, Emma Raducanu made headlines at Wimbledon 2021 by becoming the only British player in the tournament to make it to the second week. The result came as a shock to everybody as Raducanu was making her grandslam debut and Wimbledon 2021 was only her second senior tournament.
Raducanu entered Wimbledon 2021 courtesy a wildcard and was ranked out of the top 300 on the WTA Rankings. The Brit has rather interesting story. She was born in Toronto, Canada to a Romanian father (Ian), and a Chinese mother (Renee). She then moved to London when she was just 2, and started playing tennis at a young age of 5.
The Brit had no tour wins coming into Wimbledon. She was knocked out of the first round of Nottingham Open by fellow Brit Harriet Dart and it was the only tour level match she had played. During Wimbledon, Raducanu was vocal about the importance of her team. She is coached by Andy Murray’s father-in-law Nigel Sears and supported by Matt James.
Who is Nigel Sears?
Nigel Sears is Andy Murray’s father-in-law and an experienced coach on the WTA tour and has coached some top five players Amanda Coetzer, Daniela Hantuchova and Ana Ivanovic during his long career. His last coaching assignment was with Anett Kontaveit and Sears started coaching Anna as soon as he split with Kontaveit earlier this year.
He was associated with Anna as a mentor since she was 15 and always believed that there is something special about her. After one of her victories at Wimbledon, Sears revealed Anna’s potential.
He said: “I think the sky’s the limit. She has the necessary qualities and she’s hungry enough and eager, eager to learn, and, you know, she’s ambitious and she wants to do it and I just think that given the right opportunities and more match experience, I think she’ll make good progress. It’s really up to her how far she goes.”