Tennis News: Emma Raducanu talks about Wimbledon, the US Open, and being an “adrenaline junkie” in this interview

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Tennis News: Emma Raducanu began 2021 unsure when she would be able to compete again, as Covid-19 had put her tennis career on hold.

The Kent is ranked 345th in the world. Outside of British tennis circles, an A level student was just another adolescent prospect.

Nobody could have guessed what was about to happen in her life, not even the 18-year-old herself.

“Wimbledon was the first time I competed on a national or international level. Because it was the first time, there was obviously a lot of excitement and adrenaline coursing through my veins “According to Raducanu, who spoke to Sky News.

“I was really proud and happy to be playing in front of my home audience; it was such a great experience, especially out there on Court One, the biggest court I’ve ever played on, so I was a little anxious at first, but I loved it once I got out there.”

Emma left Wimbledon as a new star of British tennis, having reached the final 16 as a wildcard. She may have realised she needed to build up more stamina to compete at the top level.

She was unable to complete her fourth-round match against Ajla Tomljanovic due to breathing problems, although it was her first Grand Slam appearance, so she may be forgiven for running out of steam.

Her hopes were low when she came to New York ahead of the US Open. She could never have envisioned herself winning it in her wildest dreams!

“I came to New York just trying to get through qualifying,” Raducanu remarked. I was so exhausted. I had the most incredible time, and I believe the key to it was focusing solely on the present moment.

“The time flew by; by the end, I was thinking, ‘I don’t want to leave yet; I want to stay,’ and the tournament was nearing its conclusion, and I was thinking, ‘but, what if?’ ‘Since you’re already here, why not?’ No one, however, made a great deal out of it.”

Until her run at the US Open, the Briton was not very superstitious. She couldn’t bring herself to change her schedule because she was trying to keep everything the same every day.

“It wasn’t until maybe the last week that I said ‘Ok,’ because I didn’t want to take any chances,” she admitted. “I was having poke for dinner every single night for three weeks because I didn’t want to take any chances.”

“The amount of fun I had in New York is one of my favourite recollections. I absolutely felt I confronted my own set of challenges and conquered them in my own unique way. For example, the first time I stepped out into Ashe (Arthur Ashe Stadium), I was apprehensive and didn’t realise it until I started and got off to a bad start, and then the way I conquered it – by the end, I was thriving out there in front of so many people.”

The enthusiasm and buzz around her unexpected Grand Slam victory resulted in major new endorsement deals with Dior, Tiffany, and Evian, as well as the predictable backlash when she broke ways with her coach Andrew Richardson and then withdrew early from Indian Wells.

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