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Interest soars at city tennis clubs after Raducanu triumph

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Emma Raducanu's US Open victory has had a huge impact on Norwich tennis clubs with a surge in bookings following the match.

The 18-year-old became the only qualifier, and first British woman for 44 years, to win a Grand Slam singles title as she defeated Leylah Fernandez in New York.

And the full impact of the surprise success is being felt across the city with Norwich Parks Tennis seeing 70 members sign up in the 24 hours after Raducanu's feat.

Great Britain's Emma Raducanu celebrates at Flushing Meadows - Credit: PA

"We would normally see 70 sign-ups in a month so we are all a bit bamboozled," said club director Chris Evans.

Charlie, 10, enjoying the tennis coaching at the Norwich Parks Tennis Club at Eaton Park. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

"It's arguably the greatest sporting achievement of all time. I think there definitely will be a massive knock-on effect.

"We have already had three local schools contact us asking if we would like to come in for sessions.

Concentrating hard,........

© Norwich Evening News

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