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Emma Raducanu reaches the final of the US Open under the guidance of former Bourne Tennis Club ace Andrew Richardson

A tennis coach who lived and grew up in Bourne has played his part in helping teenage ace Emma Raducanu win the prestigious ladies singles tournament at the US Open.

Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez in the final of the star-studded event on Saturday at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Her rise to prominence saw Raducanu become the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in 44 years.

Emma Raducanu. (51122435)
Emma Raducanu. (51122435)

And that's after the 18-year-old - who is ranked 150th in the world - had to come through three rounds of qualifying to become the first qualifier to reach a major final.

Richardson - who started out as a youngster at Bourne Tennis Club - only took over as Raducanu’s coach after she had reached the fourth round of Wimbledon earlier this year.

He is currently working on a short-term contract as Raducanu’s parents operate a flexible coaching strategy.

The 47-year-old had previously worked with Raducanu at Bromley Tennis Centre for two years from the age of 11.

Richardson's own professional career involved Grand Slam tournaments and Great Britain Davis Cup appearances.

He once reached the third round of the men's singles at Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open. He also won five Challenger Tour men’s doubles titles, one with Tim Henman.

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