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2021 Lineup

EMMA RADUCANU

Age: 18
Country: Great Britain
Current World Ranking: 22
Plays: Right-Handed

Achievements:

  • Emma Raducanu won the 2021 US Open title, becoming the first Briton to win a women’s Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade at the 1977 Wimbledon Championships
  • At 18, Raducanu is the youngest Grand Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004
  • This year, in her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon, she became the youngest female British player to progress to the last 16 of a Grand Slam in the Open Era
  • She is the first player to win the US Open women’s singles title without dropping a set since Serena Williams in 2014
  • She is the first qualifier, male or female, to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open Era
  • Ranked as world No.150 at the start of the of US Open, rising to No.22 following her US Open victory
  • Victory at the US Open earned her the British No.1 ranking
  • Raducanu is the first British female winner at Flushing Meadows since Virginia Wade in 1968

Fun Facts:

  • She began hitting balls with her father at the age of five
  • She is “quite capable” of speaking Mandarin and watches Taiwanese TV
  • If she was not a tennis player, she would have worked in finance
  • She is a big fan of Formula 1 and go-karting
  • She took her A-level examinations just weeks before her US Open adventure, earning an A* in maths and an A in economics
  • She always carries a disposable camera and dark chocolate while on tour

 

BELINDA BENCIC

Age: 24
Country: Switzerland
World Ranking: 10
Plays: Right-Handed

Achievements:

  • The biggest moment of Bencic’s career came at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where Bencic won a gold in singles and silver in doubles with partner Viktorija Golubic
  • Bencic is the youngest female tennis player to be ranked the in top 10 in the WTA list in 2016
  • Bencic has won 5 single titles including a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour
  • As a junior, Bencic won the 2013 Roland Garros and Wimbledon girls’ singles titles. Later that same year, she received the honour of the ITF Junior World Champion
  • Bencic turned pro in 2012 and at just 17 years-old, she made it to the quarterfinals of the 2014 US Open
  • Bencic won her first WTA title in Toronto at the 2015 Rogers Cup (Canadian Open)
  • Bencic made her top-10 debut in 2016 at 18 years-old

Fun Facts:

  • She began to hit tennis balls for one hour a day at the age of two with her father
  • She started playing tennis from the age of 4 and began to practice daily with Martina Hingis’ mother, Melanie Molitor
  • She is a big fan of her countryman Roger Federer
  • Both Bencic’s parents are professional athletes. Her father played professional hockey in the Swiss National League A, while her mother was an elite handball player
  • She loves to bake, and her favourite dish is Nutella pizza
  • She absolutely loves dogs, if she could, she’d adopt all the shelter dogs

 

Our first players announced are US Open Winner Emma Raducanu and Olympic Gold Medallist Belinda Bencic, with the Champions set for an unmissable match on day one of MWTC! Our male stars are to follow, but with previous participants including 5-time winner Rafael Nadal, multi-time champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas, this is certainly not an event to be missed!