'Really smart move': Tennis fans erupt over Emma Raducanu news

Emma Raducanu, pictured here in action at Wimbledon in July.
Emma Raducanu in action at Wimbledon in July. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Emma Raducanu has reportedly received an invitation to become a member of the exclusive All England Club.

The British 18-year-old made her grand slam debut at Wimbledon earlier this year - home to the All England Club - before winning the US Open in extraordinary scenes in September.

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Wimbledon singles champions received an automatic invitation to join the All England Club, with the likes of Andy Murray and Roger Federer among its members.

But despite only reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon, Raducanu has reportedly been hand-picked to join the exclusive club.

According to The Telegraph in the UK, the All England Lawn Tennis Club has extended an invitation to Raducanu after the teenager's groundbreaking year.

AELTC rules state that invitations can be extended to “eminent” players, not just Wimbledon champions.

The total number of members cannot exceed 500.

"In practical terms, members can use the club’s courts to practice on, away from the crowds which gather at less exclusive venues," wrote Simon Briggs of The Telegraph.

"Any elite player is entitled to use the AELTC’s grass courts in the build-up to the Championships, but Raducanu should gain a wider benefit from hard-court facilities such as the AELTC’s centre at nearby Raynes Park, where Murray often prepares for overseas tournaments."

Raducanu will be the youngest member of the All England Club if she accepts the invitaion.

The stunning news had tennis fans in awe.

Raducanu became the first British woman to win a grand slam singles title since Virginia Wade in 1977.

Wade was also invited to join the All England Club after she won the US Open at age 23.

Emma Raducanu gets first win on WTA Tour

She may be a grand slam champion, but until last week Raducanu hadn't won a match at WTA Tour level.

The 18-year-old finally registered her maiden win on the WTA Tour after digging deep to overcome World No.124 Polona Hercog in the Transylvanian Open first round.

In her second match since her stunning New York triumph, Raducanu came from behind to oust the Slovenian 4-6 7-5 6-1 at Cluj.

She was finally been able to end the anomaly of being a grand slam champion without a win on the WTA Tour.

Emma Raducanu, pictured here in action against Marta Kostyuk at the Transylvania Open.
Emma Raducanu in action against Marta Kostyuk at the Transylvania Open. (Photo by Flaviu Buboi/NurPhoto via Getty Images) (NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The World No.23 registered her first Tour victory at her fourth WTA tournament after opening round losses at Nottingham, San Diego and Indian Wells.

"It feels like a huge win, it is my first WTA Tour win which makes me very happy," Raducanu said.

"It was difficult for me but I feel to win my first WTA match does mean a lot because I was on a losing streak, so I got my first one.

"I am really pleased to have come through that today."

Raducanu went on to lose to Marta Kostyuk 6-2 6-1 in the quarter-finals.

with AAP

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