EMMA RADUCANU absorbed the New York landscape with her childhood friend after a stunning victory at the US Open.
The 18-year-old beat Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 to win her first Grand Slam title, becoming the first-place finisher to win a major and the first Briton to win a Slam in 44 years.
Since then, Raducanu has been spread all over New York and was seen at the Met Gala last Monday night along with Jennifer Lopez and Megan Fox.
And now her lifelong friend Benjamin Heynold, 19, has posted a photo of the couple on social media along with the caption: “History.”
Raducanu and Heynold have known each other since they were just six years old.
It has been understood that the childhood champion of the US Open champion was by his side throughout his extraordinary career at Flushing Meadows, keeping his company as his parents were unable to attend the event at due to coronavirus restrictions.
After his win, he said, “I talk to my parents, we don’t really talk so much about tennis, they just want to know how I am right now.
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“And, you know, for not having them here with me, I would have loved for them to be here and we could all celebrate together or they could be with me and experience the same things, but you know, they’re watching from home very proud.
“My dad told me‘ you’re even better than your dad thought ’, so it was reassuring.
“My dad is definitely very hard to please, but I got it today.”
Raducanu’s friend Heynold also played tennis during his youth and the couple often competed together in the junior ranks.
Both would go on to play for the UK team and perform in front of a large crowd at a charity event at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017.
But unlike Raducanu, Heynold went to tennis and went to study in America.
This allowed him to reunite with his old friend during his stay at the US Open, as he was not subject to travel restrictions.
After his Grand Slam victory, Raducanu became the world number 23 and is now also the number 1 Briton.
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