Emma Raducanu told ‘stop being so sensible’ with her £1.8m US Open prize money

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Most 18-year-olds wouldn't be able to resist splashing the cash if they had £1.8m sat in their bank account.

But, as she proved over three gruelling weeks at the US Open, Emma Raducanu is no ordinary teenager.

She made history by becoming the first qualifier to win the trophy at Flushing Meadows, and the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title since Virginia Wade was victorious at Wimbledon in 1977.

As well as international acclaim and a whole army of new fans, Raducanu's success earned her a cool £1.8m in prize money.

But the young Briton claims she hasn't thought too much about having that kind of cash at her fingertips, and said she plans to use most of it to pay for expenses as she progresses in her tennis career.

In an interview with Good Morning Britain, Kate Garraway asked if she had bought anything yet with her tournament-winning purse.

Raducanu replied: "No, I haven't bought anything yet. I know that tennis is an extremely expensive sport from when I have travelled from a young age.

"There are a lot of expenses so it will probably go towards that. But then I don't really think of the money side of things, I just love competing. I know there are a lot of expenses and stuff."

While this was the answer all parents would be thrilled to hear from their child, GMB host Ben Shephard was quick to encourage the teenager to splash out a bit.

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"Oh Emma come on. Stop being so sensible," he shouted.

"Have you looked at your bank account to see if £1.8m is in the bank account? Because I think that is what I'd do."

But Raducanu simply said she "hasn't even thought about that" and has "just been at home or been in the moment".

The 18-year-old is said to have already applied for trademarks for the names "Emma Raducanu", "Emma" and "Raducanu" with the intent of cashing in on her newfound stardom.

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The economics-savvy teen already has a business in her own name and, with future prize money, sponsorships and some wise investments, is tipped to become the first billionaire sportswoman in the future.

The likes of Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather and Cristiano Ronaldo all boast ten-figure fortunes, and Raducanu could follow in their footsteps as one of the most marketable athletes on the planet right now.

Her current estimated net worth of around £2m is set to rocket, though Raducanu insists she is simply focussing on her tennis.

"I’m just focusing on what I love to do, which is competing," she said.

  • Kate Garraway
  • Good Morning Britain
  • Emma Raducanu
  • Ben Shephard
  • Tennis

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