9th July, 2021

Emma Raducanu: The UK Pro League 2020 champion’s fairy-tale run at Wimbledon.

The Inaugural women’s UK pro league champion reached the last-16 at SW19 in her first Grand-Slam appearance. 18-year-old Raducanu had only made her WTA Tour debut in June but managed a fairy-tale run as she defeated two top-50 seeds in her remarkable journey. She showcased brilliant aggression and an incredibly fearless attitude on the biggest stage of her career.

Her performance once more showcased the UKPL’s ability to progress and development young British talent. In 2020 Raducanu won the first version of the UKPL, which stretched over 6 weeks and 42 days of elite tennis competition.


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At the start of the tournament Raducanu was ranked outside the top-300 in the world, but played with the confidence of a seasoned Grand-Slam veteran. Her ranking will improve massively after her breakthrough appearance. Remarkably she didn’t drop a set until her retirement in the last-16. Raducanu described her experiences at Wimbledon as the “Best week of her life.” She charmed the returning fans throughout her time in South-West London, with plenty of charm and a smile stretching across her face.

Another participant of the UK Pro League Jack Draper impressed at Wimbledon, taking the first set off world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the opening round.

The 5th week of the 2021 UKPL starts on the 12th July, with players looking forward to more high-class tennis competition.