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Kate Middleton meets US Open winner Emma Raducanu, 18, at homecoming event in London 

The Duchess of Cambridge has met with US Open winner Emma Raducanu today before playing a match with the teenage tennis sensation.

Kate, 39, who has returned to work following her annual summer break, looked appropriately sporty in a blue tennis skirt and matching zip-up jacket for the visit at the National Tennis Centre in London.

To celebrate the success of the British US Open champions - which includes Emma, Joe Salisbury, Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett - the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) is inviting the nation to come together for a special 'Homecoming' event.

BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online as well as the LTA’s social media channels, Emma, 18, chatted with keen tennis fan Kate, who is patron of the LTA. 

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The Duchess of Cambridge has met with US Open winner Emma Raducanu today before playing a match with the teenage tennis sensation 

The duchess is joining the homecoming celebration, hosted by the LTA Youth programme, in which four champions will be on court alongside children taking part in the organisation.

The LTA youth initiative is an innovative programme aimed at inspiring the next generation of players aged 4-18, as well as helping more children enjoy the benefits of playing and staying in tennis, whatever their age, gender, ability, disability or background.

Alongside the tennis court appearances, the event will include a live Q&A and a host of tennis activities - giving fans and players of all ages an opportunity to get to know their sporting heroes and hoping to inspire a new wave of players to start their tennis journey.

After competing at Wimbledon this summer, Emma who is an LTA Youth Ambassador visited her old primary school in Bromley to inspire more young people to play the sport.

Kate (pictured right), 39, who has returned to work following her annual summer break, looked appropriately sporty in a blue tennis skirt and matching zip-up jacket for the visit at the National Tennis Centre in London

To celebrate the success of the British US Open champions - which includes Emma (pictured left), Joe Salisbury, Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett - the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) is inviting the nation to come together for a special 'Homecoming' event

On visiting her primary school, Emma said: ‘Being back here does make me want to do more because seeing their inspired and excited faces when I walk in spurs me on.

‘I can’t let them down and I want to keep pushing on in my own career. Hopefully they can get into tennis as well if they watch me.

‘Tennis is an unbelievable sport, it gives you so many opportunities and is so fun. It would be great for more kids to pick up a racket and try it. LTA Youth courses are a perfect way for everyone to get started.’

In 2018, Emma joined the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme to give her the support that she needed including coaching, access to science and medical services and wildcards to tournaments.

Emma has been competing in LTA competitions since aged seven starting out as a regular on the circuit of local and regional LTA competitions across the south of England.

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