Emma Raducanu
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British tennis star Emma Raducanu's 35-year-old married stalker has been spared jail.

In connection with stalking the 19-year-old US Open champion between Nov. 1 and Dec. 4, 2021, Amrit Magar was handed a five-year restraining order, reported Daily Mail. Last month, he was found guilty of stalking her after a trial and on Wednesday, District Judge Sushil Kumar handed the order that bans him from contacting Raducanu or her parents. The order also doesn't allow him coming within a mile of their street and attending any stadium, sports ground, or training facility where the star is attending to train or is in competition.

According to Sky Sports, he was also sentenced to an 18-month community order. It includes 200 hours of unpaid work and an eight-week curfew between 9 pm and 6 am that will be monitored by an electronic tag.

The former Amazon delivery driver went to the star's home on three separate dates, left unwanted gifts and cards and stole an item from the porch. BBC reported that Magar left the teenager feeling she was "constantly looking over her shoulder." His actions also made her feel unsafe in her own home.

He was caught by cops after a doorbell camera alerted the athlete's father Ian about a person at the front door. The star's dad also discovered his trainer had been taken from the porch.

The stalker traveled to the London suburb where Raducanu stays with her parents and asked people for directions to her house. At one time, Magar left a bouquet of flowers with a note reading "nothing to say but you deserve love." On another occasion, he drew a map to show the "23 miles" he had walked from his home to reach her place.

Finally on Dec. 4, he decorated a tree in Raducanu's front garden with Christmas lights before stealing a trainer from the porch, thinking it belonged to the teenager. But it belonged to her father, who recognized the stalker from doorbell camera footage as someone who had been on the property in the past as well. Raducanu's dad followed him in his car while calling cops. Magar was caught with the shoe in his bag and told cops that he "wanted a souvenir."

Sentencing Magar Wednesday, Kumar said that he had caused "some distress and some harm." The judge noted that there was some degree of planning, not least shown by the fact "you walked 23 miles to attend Miss Raducanu's address." He said that upon hearing the victim personal statements of Raducanu and her family, it is apparent "changes to their lifestyle have been contemplated and are currently in train, not least the acquisition of security, potentially, and also moving house."

Defending Magar, Seval Dunn said that he "appears to me to be a fairly mild-mannered man." Dunn added that his client assured him "nothing of this nature will ever happen again," and that he did not wish for Raducanu to "suffer in the way she describes suffering."

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu of Britain serves during a match between Daria Sabille of Australia and Emma Raducanu of Britain as part of day 2 of the AKRON WTA Zapopan Open 2022 at Centro Panamericano de Tenis on February 22, 2022 in Zapopan, Mexico. Photo by Cesar Gomez/Jam Media/Getty Images

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