Emma Raducanu sheds light on hitting Jack Grealish with a snow ball

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Emma Raducanu has revealed she never met Jack Grealish or other top stars during the filming of the Christmas Sports Direct advert – but she would love to get together in future. The US Open champion was shown asking for new balls before serving a snowball into the back of the £100m England midfielder in the Go All Out campaign.

Fellow footballers Jordan Pickford, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Fran Kirby are also in the £6m ad along with Jessica Ennis-Hill, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Maro Itoje, Anthony Watson and Harriet Millar-Mills.

But the Bromley teenager has revealed the sequence was all produced by computer graphics – and she was never in the same room as her co-stars.

“I saw the ad and I hit Jack Grealish with a snowball,” she laughed. “I thought that it came out really cool, the whole ad and it was put together really well and it was creatively very good.

“But I’m a Nike athlete, so I was there representing them. It was shot separately, so I didn’t actually get to meet them. I’d love to, though.”

Raducanu is playing her final event of the year at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz after revealing she felt “tired and lethargic” after a crushing 57-minute defeat to a fellow teenager Marta Kostyuk at the Transylvania Open in her last event.

“After Cluj, I wasn’t very well,” she said. “And I definitely had to rest a little bit and I was at home resting.

“Then I decided to come here because I was feeling better.

“I mean I had five negative PCR results, so it’s not Covid I started training on Thursday.

“I mean I have been feeling the ball well here. I’m in as good a place as I can be in.

“I’m just looking forward and feeling really positive for this week.

“Just going to do my best now I’m in a much better place. And I just didn’t want to miss a tournament really. I’m really excited to play and compete.”

But her new coach will not be Jo Konta’s former coach Esteban Carril with the Spaniard starting a trial with Andy Murray at the Stockholm this week with a view to joining the Scot’s team permanently.

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