Andy Roddick: Emma Raducanu, Leylah Fernandez are absolute gift to tennis

Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick believes that Emma Raducanu, 18, and 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez are an “absolute gift” to tennis. 

Raducanu made the US Open final as a 150th-ranked qualifier, while Fernandez clinched the final match as a 73rd-ranked player. 

In the end, it was Raducanu that captured her maiden Grand Slam title as she beat Fernandez 6-4 6-3. 

“These two young women are a gift to tennis.  An absolute gift,” Roddick tweeted. 

Raducanu accomplished her dream and goal 

“Yeah, the visions I had, they were from pretty early on, I would say. I’ve always dreamed of winning a Grand Slam. You just say these things. You say, I want to win a Grand Slam. But to have the belief I did, and actually executing, winning a Grand Slam, I can’t believe it,” Raducanu said. 

“I first started when I was a little girl, but I think the biggest thing that you have visions of is, for me it was just winning, the winning moment, and going to celebrate with your team in the box, trying to find your way up to the box, just seeing them after the match. That’s been playing in my head, like, a couple nights. Like I’ve fallen asleep to that (smiling).”

On the other side, Fernandez was disappointed but expressed hope that she will have many more campaigns at the Grand Slams. 

“Well, right now it has sunk in. I am still disappointed. I think this loss, I’m going to carry it for a very long time. I think it will motivate me to do better in training, better for the next opportunity I get,” Fernandez said. 

“But, no, I’m very happy with myself, with the way I competed, and the play I played, the way I acted on court the past two weeks. I’ve improved a lot not only tennis-wise but emotionally and mentally.

“I’m happy. Next year hopefully it will be just as good.”