EMMA RADUCANU was full of nerves for ‘T’ with the Queen.
The tennis star has been called by Royal Appointment as one of the celebrities chosen to deliver a special anniversary message to Her Majesty for Saturday’s Platinum Party.
And Raducanu made sure to speak correctly in the video as she joined Sir David Attenborough, David Beckham, Stephen Fry and Dame Julie Andrews in welcoming the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
She revealed: “The message for the Queen, when I was asked for this I was definitely a bit nervous.
“I said all my Ts. It was quite surreal and of course a real honor. And when I saw my face on the screen, I was like, ‘This can’t be real!’”
The invitation was in recognition of her incredible triumph at the US Open last September.
Raducanu described the past 12 months as “surreal”.
A first-round loss to Britain’s Harriet Dart at the Nottingham Open in June 2021 was her first appearance on the WTA circuit.
That was just a few weeks after graduating from high school.
Few could have predicted the meteoric rise since then, first reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon and then transatlantic triumph.
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On Tuesday, Raducanu, still just 19, will play Swiss star Viktorija Golubic in her first game of the summer on grass when the road to Wimbledon begins again in Nottingham.
Raducanu said: “Coming back 12 months later and knowing what happened is pretty surreal. Everything started anew for me here and I am proud of what I have achieved in the last 12 months.”
Raducanu plans to do things her own way and is likely to appear without a coach for her homecoming at Wimbledon this month.
In the past 12 months, she has split from Nigel Sears, US Open winning mentor Andrew Richardson and then Germany’s Torben Beltz after five months together.
World No. 11 Raducanu said: “I want to take my time with this decision.
“Nothing has changed. I still have the same people, good people, around me. I don’t want to rush things.
“Personally, I think I know what I’m doing. I trust what I do and the work I do.
“I’m still 19 and I’ve already won a Grand Slam, so I can take my time and make things right because I know my motivation isn’t any lower.”
If Raducanu wins on Tuesday, she will play Heather Watson in the second round after the Guernsey star defeated American Katie Volynets 6-4, 6-2.
Dart was an impressive 6-4 6-3 winner over Croatia’s Donna Vekic, while men’s No. 1 Dan Evans defeated France’s Enzo Couacaud 7-5, 7-6.
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