TENNIS sensation Emma Raducanu is set to become a £ 1 billion athlete after lawyers ran to register her with trademark managers.
They have applied in the UK to protect the words “Emma Raducanu”, “Emma” and “Raducanu” – paving the way for her own cosmetics, perfumes, clothes and footwear lines.
The 18-year-old Briton with a Romanian father and a Chinese mother took the sporting world by storm on Saturday with his record-breaking victory at the US Open.
That gave her just £ 1.8 million in prize money. A long career with several Grand Slams would be worth £ 100 million in prizes.
Advertisers’ dream could trump Roger Federer’s £ 215million £ 10-year sponsorship deal with fashion brand Uniqlo. Other tie-ups, such as A tiffany deal in China could pull in £ 20 million a year.
Wise investments could then earn Emma, who got an A-level in economics and yesterday toured on the New York Stock Exchange, 15 percent at the top.
The teenager from Bromley in south-east London said: “Visiting the trade floor was the only place on my forest list I had to check out before I left. My parents were both in finance and I would definitely like to know more about the business side of things. ”
Several athletes – including Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods – have amassed a billion-pound fortune, but Emma would be the first woman.
She started her first stock company, Harbor 6, last year. Her new applications were filed within hours of her US Open victory by British lawyer Anthony Brierley.
Emma, who was also pictured yesterday with Olympic diver Tom Daley, could play at next month’s Transylvania Open in Cluj, Romania – and visit her grandmother in nearby Bucharest.
Her spruce, who did not want to be named, told The Sun: “I make minced meat in cabbage leaves. It’s her favorite. ”