Raducanu already knows first thing she will buy with the US Open prize money

Emma Raducanu has revealed the first thing she will buy with the huge US Open prize money is a new set of AirPods.

The Brit beat Leylah Fernandez, 19, in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) to win a Grand Slam, while remarkably not dropping a single set during her ten games in New York.

Raducanu, 18, had earned about £219,000 up until the competition – but her superb victory in the US Open has topped her sum by a further $2.5m (£1.8m).

And as such, the teenager told reporters the first thing she will be buying with her newfound wealth is a new set of AirPod headphones.

She said to ESPN via the Metro: “There’s a running joke in my team because before my first-round qualifying match I lost my AirPods and I was basically running around the changing room like three minutes before my call to go on trying to find it but I lost it.

“I was thinking to myself, ‘You know what, if you win this match you can buy yourself a pair of AirPods’ and that’s become the running joke!”

The Toronto-born athlete became the first British female Grand Slam winner since 1977 when Virginia Wade earned the accolade.

In her subsequent press conference, Raducanu was asked about how her life could change following such a tremendous feat.

She responded: "I haven’t thought of any of that, to be honest. After the match, I just showered, same routines as always.

“I’m not even thinking about, like, when I’m going home. I have no idea when I’m going home. I have no idea what I’m doing tomorrow. I’m just really trying to embrace the moment, really take it all in.

“I definitely think it’s the time to just switch off from any future thoughts or any plans, any schedule. I’ve got absolutely no clue. Right now, no care in the world, I’m just loving life.

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“I still haven’t checked my phone!” she continued.

“ I have absolutely no idea what’s going on outside of the little world that we’re in here. We’ve just been in the quiet room, just enjoying the moment, taking it all in.

“I think today we just really need to just shut out from everything, just enjoy it as a team, because it was a team effort. I didn’t get here by myself at all.

“Every single person that’s here with me has helped me along the way and played a huge part.”

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