Former world No. 1 Andy Murray believes Emma Raducanu benefited from the lack of competiiton during the pandemic since she had time to work on the technical aspect of her game.
Raducanu, 18, stunned the tennis world this past US Open when he became the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam title.
Raducanu won a total of 10 matches — all in straight sets — over three weeks at Flushing Meadows.
“The last 18 months prior to the grass season and Wimbledon she didn’t compete a whole lot, which in some ways allowed her to make some technical changes to her game and develop,” explained Murray, per Tennishead.
“Usually around that age, 17 and 18-year-olds are competing a lot. They are on the junior tour and drip feeding into senior tournaments as well.
“Maybe that period gave her the opportunity to fix some technical issues in her game. She does seem to have improved her serve and forehand.”
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Raducanu, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 22 in the world, is set to return to action at the Indian Wells Masters.
“Often what separates the elite athletes from that level just below is that ability to learn quickly and process information,” Murray added.
“Not everyone can do that but the top players and really elite athletes are able to do that.
“I haven’t spent loads of time with her on a tennis court but it wouldn’t surprise me if she picked things up extremely quickly.”
Also, Murray welcomed ATP’s investigation into the domestic abuse accusations made against Alexander Zverev.
“I think now you have to try to look at the positives of what’s come from that and, yes it’s taken a little bit too long, but now there is going to be a process in place and protocols in place when allegations like that are made,” Murray said.