US Open champion: As she attempts to recapture the form that helped her win the US Open title last year, Emma Raducanu would benefit from seeing a sports psychotherapist, according to tennis legend Billie Jean King.
After experiencing a wrist issue last month, the 19-year-old suspended her WTA Tour campaign early in a season marred by injuries.
Under the guidance of Andy Murray’s former trainer , Raducanu is now concentrating on the physical work that was obviously lacking this season, with her next scheduled event set for Abu Dhabi on December 16 in a pre-season exhibition.
In her first full season on the Tour, Raducanu has struggled after shocking the tennis world when she beat the field in qualifying and won at Flushing Meadows without dropping a set in ten games.
At the US Open and all other four Grand Slams, she was eliminated in the first round. In the WTA rankings, the British No. 1 has also fallen to 76th place after breaking into the top 10 in July.
In addition to injuries, Raducanu’s coaching staff has undergone a series of changes, with Dmitry Tursunov the most recent to break company with the organisation.
Prior to the Billie Jean King Cup Finals, which begin in Glasgow the following week, King remarked, “Now I think that she has to have space and time and talk to people she trusts.”
“I’d like to assume that she sees a psychotherapist since they can be really useful in learning to hear oneself. I have been working nonstop. My life was greatly improved by it.”
King, a 12-time Grand Slam singles champion, said picking the appropriate people to be around is essential for Raducanu’s development because of the expectations that her rapid rise to prominence has undoubtedly placed on her young shoulders.
“I hope she finds people she can rely on and who are impartial. She needs to avoid those with ulterior motives, such as those who say, “I want to coach you, I want to do that,” disregard them “explained King.
“She must be herself, and she is quite intelligent and sensible. She is an incredibly admirable human being, in my opinion.”