Emma Radukanu, who won the women’s singles championship at the US Open tennis tournament, was named BBC Player of the Year.
Radukanu was selected as the winner in a fan vote, beating out nominees such as Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling and boxer Tyson Fury in the English professional football team.
The BBC Player of the Year award has been around for 68 years, since 1954, and recognizes the most outstanding player of the year, either from the UK or British Territory.
Radukanu won the U.S. Open held in New York, USA in September, as world No. 150, and won an unexpected victory.
He became the first player to win a singles championship in a tennis major, both men and women, from the preliminary rounds.
Radukanu, who was born to a Romanian father and a Chinese mother, has a ‘multicultural background’ and is rising as a ‘superstar’ by capturing the hearts of the British with his bright smile.
“Growing up, I watched the BBC Player of the Year awards, and it’s an honor to stand shoulder to shoulder with past winners,” Radukanu said.
Radukanu is sweeping the UK year-end sports awards, including the Sunday Times Women’s Player of the Year award and the British Sports Journalists’ Association Player of the Year award.
The BBC Coach of the Year award went to coach Gareth Southgate, who led the England national team to their first ever European Championship final, and the England national team was named Team of the Year.
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