Tennis star says her calmness and mental strength were instilled in her by her parents
Born in Toronto, when Raducanu was two the family moved to England, settling in Bromley, Kent. But it is her parental combination, it seems, that instilled a work ethic, belief and calmness that has taken her to Grand Slam glory. “I think the confidence comes from just inner belief,” Raducanu tells October’s edition of Vogue. “My mum comes from a Chinese background, they have very good self-belief. It’s not necessarily about telling everyone how good you are, but it’s about believing it within yourself. I really respect that about the culture.
Early life, education and personal life
Emma Raducanu was born on 13 November 2002 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Ian (native Ioan) and Renee (née Dong Mei Zhai), who originated from Bucharest, Romania, and Shenyang, Liaoning, China, respectively.
The original spelling of her family name in Romanian is Răducanu (pronounced [rəduˈkanu]). She attributed her mentality and ethics to her tennis idols Simona Halep and Li Na, both from countries of her ancestry. Both of her parents work in the finance sector. Her family moved to England when she was two years old. Raducanu started playing tennis at the age of five. She attended Newstead Wood School, a selective grammar school in the London Borough of Bromley, where she obtained an A* in mathematics and an A in economics in her A-Levels. As a child, she participated in various sports and activities, including golf, karting, motocross, tap dancing and ballet. She is a fan and follower of Formula One.