Liam Gallagher praises "celestial talent" of tennis star Emma Raducanu
11 September 2021, 18:03
The former Oasis frontman told Brits to "get behind" the tennis player following her success at Wimbledon. Find out more about the sports star here.
Emma Raducanu has found an unlikely fan in Liam Gallagher.
The former Oasis frontman may have never been to Wimbledon and might be more of a football than tennis fan, but during the tournament earlier this summer he took the time to praise the sports star on Twitter, writing: "Get on the Les Dennis tday and get behind Emma Raducanu celestial talent".
He’s since congratulated her on her reaching the final of the US Open, and he’s not the only one either. Find out more about the history-making tennis star, including her age and where she's from.
Who is Emma Raducanu and how old is she?
Emma Răducanu is an 18-year-old British professional tennis player who is currently competing in the US Open and is 150th in the world.
She was born on 13 November 2002.
Her tennis idols are Li Na and Simona Halep. Her training coach is also Andy Murray's father in law.
Where is Emma Raducanu from?
She is half Romanian and Chinese and was born in Toronto, but her family moved to London when she was just aged two.
Who are Raducanu's parents?
Emma's father Ian is Romanian and her mother Renee is Chinese. Both are believed to work in finance.
How is she doing at the US Open 2021?
Raducanu beat Maria Sakkari of Greece in straight sets in New York in the semi final, which takes place at 8pm (UK time) on Saturday 11 September. The match will be shown live in the UK on Channel 4.
Pure happiness under the lights in New York 🌃🗽❤️ pic.twitter.com/j5721WEEaL— Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) September 10, 2021
Reception and praise
Liam Gallagher is among some of the unlikely celebrities to praise the teenager, urging his fans on Twitter: "Can u dig it congratulations to Emma Raducanu c’mon LG"
Can u dig it congratulations to Emma Raducanu c’mon LG— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) September 10, 2021
Gary Lineker says she was "joyous" to watch, while footballer Marcus Rashford led commiserations when she bowed out."It happened to me playing for the national team in U16s against Wales," he told her on Twitter."You should be very proud of yourself. The country is proud of you… onwards and upwards."