Emma Raducan: it’s time for the right choices

The young British tennis player Emma Raducanu is the star who shone in the last tennis summer season, showing the world, at 18, how to play at Wimbledon and the US Open. But her victory at Flushing Meadows may not only have positive effects on her career, but also negative ones.

Pressure management will be a fundamental aspect of her tennis mental side. A good team can help you on your way to success. However, many have criticized the choice of the young Emma to change the coach with which she achieved the triumph in New York. The time for the right choices has come, but what will really be the right choice?

In a new interview also published by We Love Tennis, former English tennis player Mark Petchey – already number 80 in the world in 1994 – talked about Emma Raducanu, young tennis player who last September won the US Open starting from the qualification. Petchey explained especially how Emma will change a lot of coaches in her career.

He said: “People must understand that there it will be many collaborations over the course of his career, rather than a recruitment or a firing of coaches. It’s a very personal thing, people need to stop clinging to hiring and firing. Especially when you are dealing with someone as unique as an 18 year old girl who has won a Grand Slam tournament and who wants to enjoy a good partnership.

Also I think, to be honest, Emma will have quite a few coaches over the course of her career. This is because she will take what she needs from someone and in the meantime she will find another person who will be useful for something else. She is very proactive about how she wants to build her own game.”

Emma Raducanu’s season

Before Raducanu, the last British player to win a Grand Slam title was Virginia Wade back in 1977, when she defeated Betty Stove in the Wimbledon final. In addition to the US Open, the only other Slam event that Emma attended was precisely that of Wimbledon, where the British – as a wildcard – reached the round of 16 this year (stopped by Ajla Tomjlanovic).

Already qualified for the WTA Finals in Mexico are Ashleigh Barty, Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova, Karolina Pliskova and Maria Sakkari. Nineteen years still to be accomplished next November, the young Emma Raducanu won the last edition of the US Open without even losing a set, defeating players like Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari.

Born in 2002, Emma had never taken part in the main draw of the Stars and Stripes Grand Slam. Arriving a few weeks later in Indian Wells, the British lost by surprise in the first match against Aljaksandra Sasnovich in two sets.