Emma Raducanu taps into ‘Cluj vibe’ as Romanian tennis flourishes

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The women’s game is a roaring success in Romania and the US Open winner is seen as one of their own by players and fans

Last Sunday afternoon in Cluj-Napoca, the final day before new Covid-19 restrictions forced the Transylvania Open’s sold-out sessions to be played behind closed doors, Emma Raducanu and a group of Romanian players bade farewell to the crowd with individual, emotional speeches. As the players cheered each other on, it was the first indication of how enthusiastically Raducanu has been welcomed into the Romanian tennis fold.

Raducanu’s US Open victory generated intense media coverage and her paternal Romanian roots were an immediate source of pride for many, but also led to a debate over her identity.

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Written by Tumaini Carayol in Cluj-Napoca
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/oct/30/emma-raducanu-romania-transylvania-open-cluj-tennis under the title “Emma Raducanu taps into ‘Cluj vibe’ as Romanian tennis flourishes”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.