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Emma Raducanu is living her best post-US Open life, playing tennis with royalty, visiting the stock exchange, and attending the fanciest gala events

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The pair played together at the LTA's National Tennis Centre for The Homecoming

US Open champion Emma Raducanu has been living her best life since her fairytale victory in New York.

The teenage sensation shocked the world to win the prestigious Grand Slam, having started the tournament in the qualifying rounds.

She began her celebrations with a sushi feast and was joined by former men's British number one Tim Henman, who she said was an inspiration.

"After Emma had done all her commitments and photos we all climbed into a minibus. Someone put on Sweet Caroline and I've got this great video on my phone of everyone singing along to it.

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Former tennis player Tim Henman joined Raducanu for the celebrations.

"We reminisced and talked about everything that has happened in the past few weeks. I don't think I left until 4.45am, it was such a happy occasion and everyone really enjoyed themselves," Henman told the Daily Mail.

Raducanu was given $2.5 million in prize money but instead of splashing the cash on an expensive car, a new house or a vacation, her first purchase was a replacement of something she'd lost earlier in the tournament: $200 Apple AirPods.

In an interview with ESPN, Raducanu said: "There's a running joke in my team because before my first-round qualifying match I lost my AirPods and I was basically running around the changing room like three minutes before my call to go on trying to find it, but I lost it.

Having regained the ability to listen to music on the move, she went for a stroll on the streets of New York where she took a selfie of a huge billboard with her face on it.

"Sightseeing in ny. Never thought I would see this… coolest thing," she said in an Instagram post.

Raducanu has many admirers, but one that would have been special to the Brit was a letter from Queen Elizabeth II.

"I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships. It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication," the Queen said in a letter.

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The Queen sent her congratulations to Raducanu.

Raducanu said the Queen is "such a great inspiration and role model for the whole country" and she told the BBC that she might have to "frame that letter."

Next for the tennis star was a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Met Gala .

Raducanu was among fellow sporting stars Simone Biles, Suni Lee and Lewis Hamilton, where she wore a black and white Chanel dress.

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Emma Raducanu attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Another stop on her tour of the Big Apple was the New York Stock Exchange. Raducanu's parents both work in finance, and she spoke of her excitement to see where the action happens in world markets.

"I am on cloud nine but so excited to be here on the New York Stock Exchange. It was one of the places on my bucket list before leaving New York and I'm just so excited and grateful to everyone who made this possible," Raducanu told CNBC's Closing Bell programme.

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Emma Raducanu meets Malala Yousafzai at London Fashion Week

On returning to the UK, Raducanu continued her celebrations, attending an event at London Fashion Week, where she met the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and signing a deal to become a brand ambassador for Tiffany & Co.

Continuing the royal theme of her celebrations, Raducanu on Friday played tennis with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the LTA's National Tennis Centre.

The duchess, a huge tennis fan, appeared as part of "The Homecoming," an event to commemorate Raducanu's return to England.

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