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Good Morning Britain’s Adil Ray defends Emma Raducanu’s heritage

Adil Ray feels particularly strongly about Emma Raducanu’s historic win (Picture: Rex)

Good Morning Britain presenter Adil Ray has embarked on an impassioned tweeting spree in defence of Emma Raducanu’s heritage, which is at the centre of a heated debate.

The 18-year-old tennis star made history after becoming the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam at the US Open and the first British woman since Virginia Wade in 1977 to win a major. 

TV host Adil was particularly proud of the teen in light of her mixed heritage – Emma was born in Toronto, Canada to a Romanian father and Chinese mother before settling in Kent, UK when she was two. 

‘If you play in a tennis final you’re British if you’re a builder/delivery man/waitress etc you’re Romanian,’ he tweeted before the match. 

After she won the Grand Slam on Saturday, Adil then told his Twitter followers: ‘Get in. Emma Raducanu the immigrant from a Romanian, Chinese, Canadian family grand slams the haters. This is the Britain we love.’ 

He added in further tweets: ‘I love that our British Grand Slam winner’s Twitter bio simply reads “London, Toronto, Shenyang, Bucharest”. 18 years old, arrived here when she was 2. Our parents made us, our journey and heritage makes us. It is what makes us British. #EmmaRaducanu.’ 

Adil’s tweets sparked a debate in his comments section with some questioning him bringing race into the conversation about Emma’s win. 

However, he explained the importance of her victory, writing: ‘Perhaps because some of us have grown up with abuse, bricks through the window and at our heads for being an immigrant.

‘When a fellow immigrant flies the British flag, it brings us immense pride and strength. A rare moment when we can answer back to the decades of hate.’ 

Emma is of Canadian, British, Chinese and Romanian heritage (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Responding to one follower’s criticism, Adil said: ‘So are many children of immigrants: multiskilled, unique perspectives, incredibly driven, punching up but many of us never say the same about them.

‘They’re not integrating, surveyed about their Britishness, talk a bit funny and should feel lucky despite their poverty.

‘I won’t stop standing up for and promoting minorities and immigrants. Never. Ever. You can call this identity politics if you wish. Take care and I wish you and yours well.’ 

Last October, Emma shared her pride in her mixed heritage in an interview with British Vogue. 

She said: ‘I think the confidence comes from just inner belief. My mum comes from a Chinese background, they have very good self-belief. It’s not necessarily about telling everyone how good you are, but it’s about believing it within yourself. I really respect that about the culture.’

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