Good Morning Britain presenter Adil Ray and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan have encouraged Brits to rejoice in the fact that US Open champion Emma Raducanu is of diverse heritage.
The TV host and the Mayor both took to social media following the starlet’s incredible victory to celebrate her and the fact her family come from all over the world.
Raducanu was born in Canada, her mum is originally from China and her dad Romania.
Mayor of London Mr Khan tweeted: “Emma Radacanu’s story is London’s story. Born in Canada to Chinese and Romanian parents, she moved to London at two-years-old.
“Here in London, we embrace and celebrate our diversity. And if you work hard, and get a helping hand, you can achieve anything.”
TV host Adil, 46, also posted his own celebration of Raducanu on Twitter, writing:
“How many news reports have referred to #EmmaRaducanu as an immigrant/child of immigrants, or Romanian/Chinese.
“It’s important we do. Incredibly powerful. Let’s not just leave those labels for when we are doing “wrong” “lagging behind” or “disadvantaged”. It is us. Our British us.”
Raducanu, who sensationally won the US Open on Saturday night aged just 18, was born in Toronto, Canada before moving to live in Bromley, South London, aged just two.
Her father Ian is Romanian-British whilst her mother Renee is Chinese-British.
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She won the first Grand Slam singles title by a British woman in 44 years on Saturday when she defeated 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez in straight sets.
The emphatic win means Raducanu avoided dropping a single set in the tournament despite having to go through qualifiers to even enter, adding to the historic nature of her victory.
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