But as Rusedski was beaten by Pat Rafter, there is every hope that Raducanu could make sporting history and become the first qualifier – male or female – to win a Grand Slam event.
And, win or lose, there are all reasons why the seemingly nerdy Raducanu, now the proudest Briton, will be a game-changer for the sport thanks to her contagious personality.
Still, with live TV coverage of its big game restricted to Amazon subscribers, let’s hope the Lawn Tennis Association takes another look at how to promote the sport and expand participation levels. Forty-four years after Virginia Wade, now one of Raducanu’s biggest supporters, became the last British champion to win Wimbledon, this is an opportunity to be seized.
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