Emma Raducanu is ‘overwhelmed’ by the pressure of being a Grand Slam winner, says tennis legend John McEnroe after her French Open exit… who criticizes the ‘incredible’ decision to change her coach after winning the US Open
- John McEnroe says Grand Slam glory has left Emma Raducanu ‘overwhelmed’
- Tennis legend McEnroe thinks Raducanu can’t handle this new pressure
- Raducanu suffered his second consecutive loss in the second round of Grand Slam
- The British number 1 lost 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 to Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Paris
- McEnroe has criticized Raducanu for changing managers ‘three, four or five times’
- Her ‘revolving door of coaches’ stunned the seven-time Grand Slam winner
Seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe has claimed the pressure of being a big winner seems to have “overwhelmed” British number one Emma Raducanu.
The 19-year-old Briton was beaten in the second round of the French Open by World No.49 Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 28, of Belarus on Wednesday.
This marks Raducanu’s second consecutive second-round exit from a Grand Slam as he struggles to replicate the heroism that earned him an impressive victory at the US Open in 2021.
Emma Raducanu has lost in the second round of the French and Australian Open in 2022
Raducanu becomes the first player to win a Grand Slam having started as a qualifier
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McEnroe said eurosport: ‘We have to keep a bit of perspective here.
“At Wimbledon last year, she couldn’t finish a match due to stress and it became too much for her.
Then she went out and did something that no one has done, male or female, in 150 years of tennis, from qualifying and winning.
“All of a sudden, there’s this pressure on her, this expectation, which has become a bit overwhelming as well.”
John McEnroe won three Wimbledon and four US Open singles titles before retiring in 1994.
It’s easy to forget that Raducanu is only 19 years old and has already achieved the highest honor in tennis in such dramatic fashion that she became the first player in the rankings to win a Grand Slam last year.
Now ranked 12th in the world, he has struggled to maintain form as a result of ongoing back injuries and has come to terms with the new stardom thrust upon him, both on and off the pitch.
But she has also been open about trying to find the right coach for her, and her status as one of the elites in the game, combined with her young age, makes it that much more difficult to find a coach that suits both of her needs. .
Raducanu struggled to capitalize on a solid first set before losing to Aliaksandra Sasnovich
McEnroe added: “He’s changed coaches three, four, five times, which is unbelievable for someone who just won a Major.”
“She’s put herself in a difficult position because so much is expected of her and with the people around her, we’re not sure if she’s comfortable with them yet.” Hopefully in the next year or two you find it.
‘Honestly, if I had won the US Open after going through qualifying, I wouldn’t change coaches for at least the next year, so I don’t understand that move.
“Obviously her parents are involved and they know more than I do.
The World No.12 marked her French Open debut by beating Linda Noskova in the first round.
But this idea of a revolving door of coaches I don’t think is good for any player, let alone a player at this stage in her career.
“We have to wait and see and hopefully she finds someone she can stay with for a while.”
While you’ll know there’s plenty of time to find the right fit, you’ll need to recover quickly if you’re to improve on your recent performances in front of the home crowd at Wimbledon.
Having retired due to a reported illness in the fourth round of last year’s tournament, he will desperately want to prove the likes of McEnroe wrong and prove he can handle the pressure that his US Open title brought with it.
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