She’s expected to return to her family home today – that unremarkable three-bedroomed semi in Bromley.
But on Monday night, Emma Raducanu had her Cinderella moment at New York’s Met Gala, where she took her place among the A-list on the biggest night in fashion.
The 18-year-old burst into the fashion spotlight in a dazzling, midriff-baring, monochrome Chanel outfit designed by Virginie Viard – with a rope of pearls encircling her waist and more Tiffany diamonds sparkling in her ears at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Personally invited by Vogue chief Dame Anna Wintour, 71, she was seated on the $500,000 Chanel table with its celebrity ambassadors.
Dame Anna may be the most influential woman in fashion, but she’s also a huge tennis fan who has befriended Roger Federer.
Overnight tennis sensation Emma Raducanu (pictured wearing Chanel) had a Cinderella moment at the Met Gala on Monday night
And how she must have gnashed her teeth when Edward Enninful, the editor of British Vogue, snapped up an exclusive interview with Miss Raducanu for his October issue.
However, the Covid-delayed £20,000-a-ticket Met Gala Ball gave Dame Anna the perfect chance to stake her own claim to this most glamorous of young tennis champions.
It would seem a fair bet that Miss Raducanu will be gracing the pages of US Vogue soon. Other tennis stars present included Emma’s opponent in the final, Leylah Fernandez, and Naomi Osaka – who sported a bizarre multi-coloured ensemble.
Overnight tennis sensation Miss Raducanu was suddenly rubbing shoulders with global superstars.
Met Gala co-chair Naomi Osaka wore a Louis Vuitton look that paid tribute to her Japanese heritage
Co-chair Billie Eilish wore a voluminous Oscar de la Renta gown with her hair worn in a style reminiscent of bombshell Marilyn Monroe
Some opted for truly outlandish looks, including Kim Kardashian, 40, who wore a black Balenciaga all-in-one outfit that covered every inch of skin. And Blondie veteran Debbie Harry, 76, arrived in a patriotic red, white and blue ensemble that mirrored a shabby American flag.
British actresses including Emily Blunt, Carey Mulligan and Sienna Miller also put their best fashion foot forward.
Miss Mulligan, 36, wore a hot pink Valentino gown while Miss Blunt, 38, was inspired by the Statue of Liberty in a crystal Miu Miu gown with a white cape draped over her shoulders.
Miss Miller, 39, paired a golden Gucci gown with a fur coat that trailed behind her.
British actress Carey Mulligan wore a hot pink Valentino gown with a matching cape
Emily Blunt’s look included a headpiece that took inspiration from the Statue of Liberty and a classic Heddy Lamarr costume from Ziegfeld Girl
Sienna Miller channeled Old Hollywood glamour in a Gucci gown with a trailing faux fur coat
The theme for this year’s event was In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. Miss Raducanu’s cool and youthful ensemble from Chanel’s 2021/22 Cruise collection was matched with £33,000 marquise and pear-cut diamond Schlumberger Tiffany earrings, and three Tiffany rings: a £14,400 Victoria 18k rose gold and diamond ring; a T True narrow ring in 18k rose gold with pave diamonds, £3,600; and a Victoria ring in 18k rose gold with diamonds, £5,075.
She has worn their jewellery throughout the tournament.
Fashion watchers waited with baited breath for Rihanna, who was one of the last stars to arrive
Kim Kardashian wore a black Balenciaga all-in-one outfit that covered every inch of skin
But the key moments of the evening came when guests got up from their tables and mingled.
On Monday, the teenage champ had a long chat with British Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton. It appears he congratulated her before discussing where she goes from here and her experiences so far.
Emma is a keen motor racing fan who did motocross and karting as a youngster and attended July’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Raducanu was seen chatting with fellow British sporting star Lewis Hamilton, who wore Kenneth Nicholson
Jennifer Lopez wore a wild-west inspired look by Ralph Lauren, accessorised with silver jewellery
So who better than Hamilton, 36, whose sporting trajectory took him from Stevenage, Hertfordshire to Monaco, to advise new millionaire Miss Raducanu?
Representatives for Chanel yesterday declined to comment when asked if she was set to join their ranks as an ambassador.
Additional reporting: Daniel Bates in New York
Blondie veteran Debbie Harry arrived in a patriotic red, white and blue Zac Posen ensemble that mirrored a shabby American flag
Supermodel Iman wore a show stopping Dolce and Gabbana creation with a Harris Reed headpiece