Pam Shriver: I’d be surprised if Emma Raducanu made deep Wimbledon run

1978 US Open finalist Pam Shriver has advised Emma Raducanu not to “overload the off-court obligations and partnerships” as that will make it tougher for her to properly focus on tennis. 

Raducanu, 19, was just 18 when she lifted her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open last year. 

In 1978, a 16-year-old Shriver ended runner-up at the US Open. 

“I didn’t have any commercial obligations and that makes a big difference these days, completely different to what Raducanu is facing right now,” Shriver told Pickwise. “It makes you wonder if somebody with experience of that situation, what she might face, might just say, ‘let’s not overload the off-court obligations and partnerships’. Obviously, you want to capitalise, I completely understand the business side of things. The US Open was my only Major final, you never know how many more you might reach. It’s about finding a balance between the off-court obligations and on-court practise.”

Shriver: I don’t expect Raducanu to make a deep Wimbledon run

Raducanu has been struggling with injuries all season long and that followed her into the grass season. 

Raducanu sustained a side injury in her first grass match as she was forced to retire her Nottingham opener after just seven games. 

“The situation has been further compounded by a lot of different coaching transitions, which I’m not in favor of,” Shriver added. “I don’t know why it’s been so complicated to get a coach to help for this next phase of time, but it clearly has been. I don’t expect a lot from Raducanu at Wimbledon. She’s had a lot of injuries, not enough time on the court, and there’s plenty of pressure back at her home slam, the place where she didn’t return to the court to finish her match 12 months ago. Putting all of that together, I’d be surprised if she made a deep run.”

Raducanu is set for a tricky Wimbledon opener as she faces Alison van Uytvanck in the first round.