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Teenage tennis ace Emma Raducanu wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Teenage tennis ace Emma Raducanu has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The win topped off an amazing year for the 19-year-old after winning the US Open.

Ms Raducanu – appearing via a video link – said:

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“It’s such an honour just to be among these nominees – to win it is pretty amazing.

“I watched Sports Personality of the Year growing up, so I’m really humbled to join the amazing past winners.

“I’m also really happy for British tennis that we managed to get this award again.

“All the support I’ve received this past year has been absolutely insane, and the energy I felt at Wimbledon this year playing in front of my home crowd is something I’ve never felt before.”

Ms Raducanu won the US Open last September.

She became the first qualifier to win a grand slam tournament.

She was also the first British woman since Virginia Wade in 1977 to win a grand slam.

Amazingly, she lifted the trophy without dropping a set.

England manager Gareth Southgate won the Coach of the Year award after guiding the men’s football team to the Euro 2020 final in the summer.

They were beaten on penalties by Italy.

Southgate said:

“Managing in football now is a very complex business.

“I’m fortunate to work with good people that make it easier for me.”

 

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