Emma Raducanu opened up on her favourite royal Kate Middleton — ‘Great Inspiration’

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EMMA RADUCANU opened up on her favourite member of the Royal Family, deeming Kate, Duchess of Cambridge “a great inspiration”, unearthed reports have claimed.

She came into this year’s tournament as one of the biggest stars with plenty of support from the thousands watching inside Centre Court.

The 19-year-old also became a firm favourite of the Royal Family, with the Queen leading tributes to the tennis star after her success last year.

And it appears that the feelings are reciprocated, with the young sportswoman being particularly fond of one specific royal.

In December last year, Raducanu opened up on her admiration of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, describing her as a “great inspiration”.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Emma Raducanu / Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu dubbed the Duchess of Cambridge a ‘great inspiration’. (Image: Getty Images)

Emma Raducanu

Raducanu rose to fame amid her tennis success last year. (Image: Getty Images)

She told PEOPLE: “I think the Duchess is such a great inspiration, just with how she handles everything and how she does so much good work for charities.

“She’s a real inspiration to the whole country.”

Months earlier, Raducanu and Kate paired up for a quick doubles game during an event for the Lawn Tennis Association, of which the Duchess is Royal Patron.

The tennis star said: “It was a pretty surreal experience to be playing tennis with the Duchess,” adding that Kate played “very well”.

She continued: “It was kind of crazy, but she was really down-to-earth and normal.

Kate Middleton and Emma Raducanu play tennis

The pair teamed up for a double’s game last year. (Image: Getty Images)

Kate appears to hold admiration for the teenage tennis star, having applauded Raducanu’s achievements last year.

After the teen’s semifinal win in September, Kate sent a “best of luck” message to the young player ahead of the US Open finals.

The Duchess tweeted: “What an incredible achievement at this year’s #USOpen @EmmaRaducanu!

“We will all be rooting for you tomorrow. Wishing you the best of luck! C”

Earlier this year, the Cambridges account posted: “@EmmaRaducanu made tennis history last year when she won the US Open – her strength, will-power and determination is a true inspiration to young sportspeople right around the world.”

Kate is a regular attendee of the historic competition and is often spotted in the front row of the Royal Box.

Having been handed down the royal patronage from the Queen in 2016, Kate frequently watches the matches and hands out the winners’ trophies.

Both she and William are known to be big tennis fans and Kate has been an avid player since childhood.

Kate hands out winner's trophy

As patron, Kate often hands out the winners’ trophies at Wimbledon. (Image: Getty Images)

The Duchess even revealed she had been inspired by Wimbledon while she was growing up.

She told Sue Barker during a 2017 documentary: “It’s such a quintessential part of the English summer, and I think it really inspires youngsters, myself, it inspired me, when I was younger to get involved in the game.”

Kate also praised its timelessness, saying: “It hasn’t changed either, I think that’s what’s so wonderful.

So far, Kate has not made an appearance in the stands at Wimbledon.

Kate and William in the Royal Box

Kate and William often watch the tournament from the Royal Box. (Image: Getty Images)

As patron of the All England Club, the Duchess is expected to attend the tournament at some point during the fortnight.

However, as typical royal protocol dictates, her attendance will not be confirmed until the day before or day of.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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