British tennis star Emma Raducanu has been granted a restraining order against her stalker.
The 35-year-old man, Amrit Magar, was found guilty of stalking the 19-year-old US Open Champion between November and December last year. He was sentenced to an 18-month community order, with 200 hours unpaid work and an eight-week curfew between 9pm and 6am, which will be monitored via an electronic tag.
Magar claimed he had walked 23 miles to trespass upon the home of Raducanu in London, taking her father Ian’s shoe from the porch in the belief that it was hers.
Bromley Magistrates Court also heard how Magar posted Raducanu a hand-drawn map of his journey to her home, left a bouquet of flowers, and decorated a tree in front of the property with Christmas lights.
In a statement, Emma Raducanu said Magar’s behaviour had left her “constantly looking over my shoulder”.
“Since all this has happened I have felt creeped out. I feel very apprehensive if I go out, especially if I am on my own,” she said. “Because of this I feel like my freedom has been taken away from me. I am constantly looking over my shoulder. I feel on edge and worried this could happen again. I don’t feel safe in my own home, which is where I should feel safest.”
According to the BBC, the 5-year restraining order granted to Raducanu now prohibits Magar from coming within a mile of her home, contacting her family or approaching any sports facility in which Raducanu may be training or competing.