Former world No. 3 David Ferrer believes the bright future is ahead of Emma Raducanu but acknowledged that handling the pressure won’t be easy for the 19-year-old following her stunning US Open victory.
“She has a great future, but the most important thing is to handle the pressure because it won’t be easy when you’re young and you’ve just won a Grand Slam. We’ll see how she handles the pressure next year,” Ferrer told Sky Sports.
“It’s going to be really important for her, but she has an amazing talent and can win [more] Grand Slams in her career.”
Tomas Berdych, Mark Philippoussis also spoke about Raducanu
Raducanu was just 18 when she put up an astonishing run at the US Open to become the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam.
“She’s a young face of the new generation. There was a generation of Serena and Venus Williams where they won multiple Slams and then it was only recently we’ve seen many different Grand Slam winners. Raducanu is fresh, so I think the way she played in New York was incredible. She managed to keep herself focused, so why not? She has a chance of winning many titles. It would be great for women’s tennis,” Berdych said.
“What I learned from my career, you’re the only one who stands on court. There is no one else. Your coach or parents help train and prepare you, so the end thing is playing tennis between yourself and your opponent.”
Philippoussis was absolutely impressed seeing Raducanu win a total of 10 matches — all in straight sets — en route to winning the US Open.
“She had a hell of a run at Wimbledon, but to come through qualifiers without losing a set and dominate the whole tournament was amazing. I think you have more stories in women’s tennis because it’s best-of-three sets. To win seven best-of-five set matches to win a Grand Slam in the men’s game – that’s a lot of tennis. A lot of things have to happen, you need to be in a great place physically and mentally. You also need some luck as well,” Philippoussis said.