Fans across the country gathered around their televisions and filled the pubs to cheer Emma Raducanu on her historic victory in the US Open final.
The British star, 18, became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam and the first British woman to win a title in 44 years.
The tennis ace, who won both sets of a thrilling final against Leylah Fernandez, was hailed as a role model and inspiration at a viewing party hosted at his home tennis club in Beckenham.
Fans across the country crowd around their TVs and fill the pubs to cheer on Emma Raducanu in the US Open final
The British star, 18, became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam and the first British woman to win a title in 44 years
Raducanu shouts and clenches his fist after scoring a point in the US Open first set
Raducanu played at Parklangley Club in Beckenham, south-east London, from the age of six, and the evening was filled with friends and admirers.
Those watching were upbeat, with cheers and applause erupting every time Raducanu won a point, and even louder when she took the lead and ended up winning in straight sets.
There were so many people at the Parklangley Club that half had to stand up, but everyone was on their feet, screaming and kissing as Raducanu took the first set.
Suzanne Williams, her former strength and conditioning coach, said: “It’s absolutely amazing to watch her develop and be this player when I knew her when she was so young, 8 to 12 years old.
“Of course you could see there was incredible potential there, but seeing her on screen in that environment is amazing. “
She added: “To let the girls know it’s within their reach, because they’re in the same place she was, it doesn’t feel too far away to them, it’s just amazing for them to have this model. “
Harry Bushnell, who coached her from six to ten years old, said: “As a coach you want to coach someone who goes all the way, so this is my first time getting involved in someone who’s come this far and it’s an amazing feeling. ‘
Speaking of the media pressure Raducanu has been under since her performance at Wimbledon, he said: “I’m obviously very protective of her, but I know she views the pressure as a privilege.
Harry Bushnell, who coached the six to ten-year-old starlet, said he was very protective of the young ace.
Suzanne Williams, her former strength and conditioning trainer, said it was “amazing” for young girls to have Raducanu as a role model.
Raducanu and his opponent step out to enthusiastic applause at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows
“I think she’s behaving really well, I know she had a bit of a stick at Wimbledon with the way it ended, but I was always convinced that she would walk away from it, get away from it. would dust off and come back stronger. “
At stake for the 18-year-old was a check for £ 1.8million – more than eight times Raducanu’s current career earnings – as well as 2,000 ranking points, which would drop the teenager from her current status from 150 to 23.
TV presenter Gary Lineker begged Emma Radacanu to quickly win the second set of the US Open final so people could watch the game of the day.
He tweeted: “Come on @EmmaRaducanu. Fantastic first set. Please try to win the 2nd set so we can all focus on @BBCMOTD. ‘
Earlier, Manchester United star Marcus Rashford had called for the program to be rolled back to allow people to finish watching tennis.
“Do us a favor @GaryLineker, push back tennis…” he wrote.
Politicians from all parties have added their voices to the mountain of online support for the British tennis star.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said: “What an absolutely incredible game – and what an incredible British athlete we have in Emma Raducanu. Keep on going!’
Discussing Raducanu’s success at the US Open, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “13 #USOpen sets played by Emma Raducanu.
’13 #USOpen sets won by Emma Raducanu. Sensational. #USOpenFinal. ‘
Former British professional tennis player Viginia Wade, left, awaits the game between Emma Raducanu of Great Britain and Leylah Fernandez of Canada. Raducau is hoping to make history as the first British woman to win a major tournament since Ms Wade at Wimbledon 44 years ago.
Raducanu shouts after winning a point (left) and throwing himself in the air to shoot a serve
Before the game, former Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted, “Good luck to @EmmaRaducanu tonight for the US Open final.
“Whatever the end result, you are proud of yourself and the country. “
Sir Keir Starmer said Raducanu had “made us all so proud”.
Ahead of the game, the Labor leader tweeted: ‘Best wishes to @EmmaRaducanu ahead of tonight’s #USOpen final.
“You’ve already made history as the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final.
“I couldn’t be happier for you and everyone who has supported you throughout the process. You have made us all so proud. Good luck!’
Speaking just before entering the pitch, Raducanu said, “Time has flown here in New York. I only took one game at a time and that led me to the final.
“I’m going to go out there and enjoy it today. It’s so exciting in my second Grand Slam to be in the final. I can’t really believe it, but can’t wait to be there. I’m sure the crowd will be great, so it’s going to be a really positive experience. ‘
Raducanu sprints across the pitch to return a shot from Canadian Fernandez in the first set of the final at Arthur Ashe Stadium
19-year-old Canadian Fernandez is also an unexpected finalist and her giant run included victories over former champions Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber and five seeds Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina.
She said: “It’s amazing. I had a lot of fun on the court, played well and can’t wait to be in the final today. I think we’re just going to go out and have some fun. We both played incredibly well.
Raducanu is supported by millions in the UK after winning high praise for his semi-final performance, including from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and footballer Marcus Rashford.
Bookmakers have named Raducanu as a 4/7 favorite – meaning a £ 10 bet would only pay off £ 15.70.
The match is being broadcast live on Channel 4 after a last-minute £ 30million deal was reached with Amazon amid feverish anticipation among the UK tennis-loving public.