Britain’s Cameron Norrie has called Emma Raducanu his "inspiration" for his unexpected victory at Indian Wells.
Norrie came back from one set down to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the Indian Wells final.
He has now risen from world number 71 to 16, and has an eye on qualifying for the ATP Finals. The 26-year-old’s surge up the rankings is reminiscent of Raducanu, who was propelled from world number 150 to the top 25 after winning the US Open.
Indeed, Norrie has credited Raducanu as an inspiration for his own unanticipated triumph.
"What Emma did in New York was amazing and tremendous for British tennis and is definitely going to inspire younger girls and boys to pick up rackets and play," he said, as reported by The Telegraph.
"It just shows all those girls who are around that ranking, Harriet Dart [the world No 134] and Jodie Burrage [No 222], that they could qualify and go deep.
"What Emma has done has been extremely impressive and she inspired me a little bit. I mean, that was crazy.
"I don't know what's more believable, her winning the US Open or me winning this? 50-50 maybe."
The 18-year-old Raducanu rocketed to international stardom after winning the US Open last month, defeating Canada’s Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in the final.
She became the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam, and the first British woman to triumph at a Grand Slam in 44 years.
In contrast to Norrie, however, Raducanu crashed out of Indian Wells in the first round, losing 6-2, 6-4 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
She then withdrew from this week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow, citing a "tournament schedule change", but she is set to play at the Transylvania Open in Romania later this month.
Raducanu is still hoping to compete at the WTA Finals in November, but if she fails to qualify, has signed up to play at the Upper Austria Ladies tournament in Linz.
The teenage star is currently without a coach, having parted ways with Andrew Richardson after she gained Grand Slam glory last month.
A former Davis Cup player, Richardson coached Raducanu for two years at youth level. He linked up with the teenage sensation again in July on a short-term deal which covered the US Open.
Emma Raducanu has now teamed up with Johanna Konta’s former mentor, Esteban Carril, but on a trial basis.
She is reportedly struggling to find a new coach because of the "amount of money potential candidates are asking for."News Now - Sport News