Kate Middleton plays doubles with Emma Raducanu at special Homecoming Celebration


Kate Middleton plays doubles with Emma Raducanu at special Homecoming Celebration

The Duchess of Cambridge couldn't contain her delight as she met Great Britain's US Open Champions, including Grand Slam winner Emma Raducanu.

Kate joined a homecoming celebration, hosted by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) at the National Tennis Centre in London on Friday.

Avid tennis fan Kate got to congratulate 18-year-old Emma, Joe Salisbury, Alfie Hewitt and Gordon Reid in person at the event and heard about their experiences of the tournament in New York.

The Duchess, who has been the patron of the LTA since 2017, and is a regular at Wimbledon.

Following Emma's victory against Canada's Leylah Fernandez at the US Open final on 11 September, Kate shared a personal message on Twitter, writing: "Huge congratulations @EmmaRaducanu on your stunning performances and historic Grand Slam victory!

"Incredible – we are all so proud of you. @LeylahFernandez well done on your amazing achievements at this year's #USOpen, it's been a pleasure to watch."

The Queen also sent Emma a heartfelt letter, which the Bromley-based champion revealed she was going to frame.

Kate Middleton plays doubles with Emma Raducanu at special Homecoming Celebration

The Duchess was dressed to hit the court with Emma and Gordon Reid, who won silver and bronze medals at the Tokyo Paralympics before he and doubles partner Alfie Hewitt won the US Open. 

Kate Middleton plays doubles with Emma Raducanu at special Homecoming Celebration



The Duchess was in her element as she played doubles with the US Open champion. Kate reportedly used to take tennis lessons at the exclusive Hurlingham Club in Fulham. 

Kate Middleton plays doubles with Emma Raducanu at special Homecoming Celebration

Afterwards, during an online BBC show, Emma was asked if she had more nerves playing Kate or her US Open finals opponent Leylah Fernandez, and replied: "I was actually very nervous playing the Duchess – I was like: 'Don't miss, don't miss'."

The 18-year-old said of Kate's tennis skills: "Her forehand was incredible. I was very impressed. It was a lot of fun to play tennis with the Duchess."

Kate Middleton plays doubles with Emma Raducanu at special Homecoming Celebration

What a shot! It's been a busy week for Kate, who tried out mountain biking and abseiling with a group of Air Cadets in Cumbria on Tuesday and other activities.

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Kate Middleton plays doubles with Emma Raducanu at special Homecoming Celebration

Queens of the court! There were plenty of giggles from Kate and Emma during their match. 

Kate Middleton plays doubles with Emma Raducanu at special Homecoming Celebration

At one point, the Duchess was pictured celebrating a shot! 

Kate Middleton plays doubles with Emma Raducanu at special Homecoming Celebration

The Duchess also met teenagers from across the UK who are playing tennis at a grassroots level as part of the LTA Youth programme and hear more about the work that the LTA is carrying out to encourage participation in the sport amongst young people across the country. 

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Kensington Palace says Kate is passionate about supporting grassroots tennis and encouraging young people from all backgrounds to become involved in the sport. 

LTA Youth is an innovative programme aimed at inspiring the next generation of players aged 4-18. The programme aims to help more children enjoy the benefits of playing and staying in tennis, whatever their age, gender, ability, disability or background. 



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