Emma Raducanu: I was picked up by the Duchess of Cambridge at Wimbledon

Emma had some treatment at a clinic before the match but was happy to be competing

Emma Raducanu couldn’t say no to the Duchess of Cambridge.

“She told me she’d do anything she could to help and send good vibes my way,” the Croatian former British number one said of her participation in a charity event for mental health charities.

The 24-year-old at last month’s Wimbledon, missing the tournament due to a wrist injury, had been mulling over the best possible stage for a return to London and, after winning a coin toss with her former Wimbledon doubles partner (and rival as well) Barbora Strycova, the Duchess agreed that they would play for charity on Monday alongside Andy Murray.

“It was definitely a surreal experience having the royal family come and take part, she’s a beautiful woman,” said Raducanu after the match.

The (Tennis) Queen of the ball

“The first thing she said when she walked into the house was ‘I was here when you won Wimbledon, I’m so sorry to see you out of it’.

“I have always had great friends, but they did not know that we were friends. I had the Duchess in my arms and she was playing with Andy, what an amazing experience!

“We will meet up with her for dinner. It’s all new for me, but being with a woman who has been a champion in tennis, I will take as much knowledge as I can from her.

“Her mother has been supporting me and my coach who watched me win Wimbledon in 2010, so I am glad they are there for me.”

Emma has still not returned to a practice court, but would like to get back on the court within the next few weeks.

“I am not sure when I will be playing again, but if I do get back on court I will work towards qualifying in Futures events,” she said.

“In all likelihood, I would need to take three to four months out before I was playing at a higher level.

“I still am in London so I have my social life and I love to eat in London so I have options.

“I’ve got the courts and will have a mini-break for this week – but next week we are going on holiday for a few days, probably to France – but then it’s back to the gym for recovery.”

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