Tennis participant Emma Raducanu was voted BBC Sports activities Persona of the Yr on Sunday, receiving British sport’s annual particular person accolade as a reward for her outstanding U.S. Open triumph.
Raducanu surprised the sporting world in September when she grew to become the primary qualifier to win a significant after beating Canada’s Leylah Fernandez within the closing at Flushing Meadows.
The 19-year-old was additionally the primary British girl to say a significant title since Virginia Wade triumphed at Wimbledon in 1977.
Raducanu beat off competitors from diver Tom Daley, who was second, and swimmer Adam Peaty in third place, plus boxer Tyson Fury, soccer participant Raheem Sterling and Para-cyclist Sarah Storey to win the award.
“It’s such an honor simply to be amongst these nominees. To win is fairly wonderful,” mentioned Raducanu, who additionally reached the fourth spherical at Wimbledon this yr on her Grand Slam debut.
“The vitality this yr enjoying at Wimbledon in entrance of my residence crowd – that was one thing I’ve by no means felt earlier than.”
“I’ve watched Sports activities Persona of the Yr rising up and it’s an honor to be amongst these previous winners.
“I’m pleased for British tennis as nicely and that we’ve managed to get this award… once more.”
Britain’s Andy Murray was the final tennis participant to win the award in 2016 after claiming the trophy in 2015 and 2013.
Skateboarder Sky Brown took residence the Younger Sports activities Persona of the Yr award after the 13-year-old gained the Olympic bronze for Britain within the ladies’s park skateboarding closing on the 2020 Tokyo Video games.
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