It's absolutely no secret that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is a huge tennis fan – we've seen her pop along to watch matches at Wimbledon numerous times and she even recently hopped on social media to send a personal message to newly reigning US Open champion, Emma Raducanu.
Now, the Duchess has gone a step further and spent the day not only hanging out with Emma, but actually playing tennis with her too as part of her homecoming! Which, must be lowkey a bit intimidating given that Emma is also the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade in the 1977 Wimbledon Championships.
Posting about the day on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Instagram account, a series of images of Kate and Emma, along with fellow athletes Joe Salisbury, Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid, were shared.
The upload was captioned: "In the presence of champions 🏆 Congratulations @emmaraducanu, @joesalisbury92, @alfiehewett6 and @gordonreid on your incredible achievements in this year’s #USOpen. We are all so proud of you!"
Emma also shared a snap of herself and Kate on her IG and wrote, "Perfect day for some tennis 😍 & what an honour, loved being part of the #LTAyouth".
Prior to Emma's big win, Kate tweeted the teenager after she made it to the final of the prestigious Grand Slam saying: "What an incredible achievement at this year's #USOpen @EmmaRaducanu! We will all be rooting for you tomorrow. Wishing you the best of luck!"
The Duchess signed off her tweet with a simple 'C' for Catherine.
Following Emma's win in the final round against Leylah Fernandez, Kate also posted again, writing alongside an image of Emma holding the trophy, "Huge congratulations Emma Raducanu on your stunning performances and historic Grand Slam victory! Incredible –we are all so proud of you. Leylah Fernandez, well done on your amazing achievements at this year’s #USOpen, it’s been a pleasure to watch. C."
We're sensing the start of a new friendship here, no? Would you just look at these pictures!
They both look so happy to be hanging out, we can't even deal:
We like to imagine Kate is inviting Emma over to Amner Hall for a little movie and pizza night here, or perhaps to the pub after their match for some white wine sprtizers:
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