Tennis: Emma Raducanu: “My results are not so important to me” – Sport-Mix

She was the big sensation in the tennis year 2021: Emma Raducanu. From the qualifiers, the 19-year-old Briton fought his way to victory at the US Open with ten matches without losing a set.

Since his surprise victory, Raducanu has been in decline. She is usually knocked out in the first rounds and now she has her third coach within a year. How could this happen?

IMAGE: Mrs. Raducanu, what does tennis mean to you?

Emma Raducanu: It’s like a puzzle that I enjoy a lot. I love the challenge of being ready for a new place every week. Seeing how things develop, always motivating yourself, it’s a challenge.

Have you ever tried another sport?

Motorsport. I rode go-karts and motocross. In the tennis tournaments you did not have to pay admission in advance as in motorsport. But I was good, I was number two in a race once.

Former No. 1 Ashleigh Barty once took a break from his career to play cricket. Could you imagine a return to motorsport?

I love motorsports. But it would also take a lot of time. But maybe you can give me an idea. (laughs)

Until two weeks ago, they had a German coach, Torben Beltz.

Yes it’s true. A great coach with a lot of experience, also at the top level, a great guy, always positive. He reminded me that I do a good job; I sometimes need that when I doubt myself. He definitely helped me a lot and motivated me to think positively.

Why so the separation?

Right now I want to try a new system with a focus on sparring and testing different things. I know exactly what I want to work on and have concrete ideas. The British association LTA supports me and I have access to really good coaches.

Did you learn a little German while with Torben Beltz?

(laughs) The bad word with Sch … But I can not say that here now. Let’s take: (Raducanu in German) “Let’s go!” But I also had German for a year in school, but none of it stuck with me.

After winning the US Open, you parted ways with Nigel Sears, who led you to this sensation.

It’s not always in my hands. It was not 100% my decision. There are always two involved. I came from junior level. The US Open was one of my first major tournaments ever. With the victory, it was clear that much would be new: more trips, all new tournaments. As number 180 in the world, however, the calendar is anything but full. You must want the new life. He has a family, a small child, that must be respected. But there are many other things that I could not influence.

You said you should be reminded to do a good job. Is a US Open victory not a good job?

Yes, at least. But you can quickly forget that if you constantly want to develop further and reach new goals. So I needed a reminder.

Since the US Open, you have not done much sporty. Why?

To be honest, the results do not really matter to me. I think my tennis has evolved anyway. But 2022 started off hard. I had Corona, was out for a long time. I needed to get in shape quickly because there were physical issues. But I’m still young, hungry to learn, and everyone who comes in contact with me knows that I love to ask questions and am curious.

Can it get better if you know the trip? Currently, all tournaments are a whole new area for you.

It might help, then you will feel more comfortable. The little things mean something. But the most important thing is my game. It’s on the right track. I need tournaments every week to get used to the level. It is much higher than on the ITF tour. You have to be ready for long fights, harder blows, but it comes with time and experience.

How do you feel when you look back at the US Open today?

In some matches I played unbelievably good tennis, but I believe and believe very strongly that my tennis as I said is better now. The opponents are more motivated towards me and really want to beat me. I take it as a challenge, it’s as a compliment.

What was the craziest thing that happened to you because of the success?

The biggest was the Queen’s letter congratulating me. It’s something very special.

Did you spoil yourself with any of the $ 2.5 million in prize money?

No, I did not need anything. I’m not so materialistic that I should definitely buy something if I achieve something specific.

At Wimbledon 2019, the then 15-year-old Coco Gauff made her breakthrough with the round of 16. Everyone said she would be the first of the younger generation to win a major. Now you have overtaken them. How does it feel?

I remember playing my own junior side match in the first round against Simona Halep during the round of 16 match between Coco and Simona Halep. She was certainly an inspiration and a motivation. I was 16 at the time and thought until then: Maybe you’ll get to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament at the age of 23. And then all of a sudden you see a 15-year-old play there. Then you transfer it to yourself and know: It is possible – even before, than when I was 16. (laughs)

Is it true that Stuttgart was your first clay court tournament? Finally, the French Open is on its way.

In the professional field, yes. I played my first clay court match at the Billie Jean King Cup in Prague, and Stuttgart was my first tournament. It’s moving forward and I think it’s going to be a good surface for me in the next few years. Nor is it a hate-love relationship. But I like to slide, but you have to practice that.

In Prague, you said you did not get more toenails from slipping. How is it possible?

I do not know. As an athlete, you rarely have beautiful toenails, and so do I. You just move differently on sand. The change of direction, the shoe stops there, but the foot still slips, all those things.

Does it hurt?

Yes of course. But I treat my feet. It all started with a blister, so the nails there I have to take care of.

What do you expect from the French Open?

My premiere there, Paris is an amazing city. I am very excited. I want to be good at that, but it will only be later. Although, who knows. (laughs)

Can you still imagine playing in 20 years?

Oh, I’m 39. Even younger than Venus and Serena Williams today. Mmmh, I think I’m more likely to drive in the Porsche Carrera Cup. I was to the finals in Brands Hatch and I want to be part of it.

They are very international: Romanian father, Chinese mother, born in Canada and raised in the UK. What country-specific features do you combine?

I have inherited my great respect for people from my mother. My father is very logical, logical, logical and facts, facts, facts. Do not fool around. It helped me a lot. Above all, that I should always be honest with myself. British is my whole life. I love British humor. And Canadian? Tell me.

Do you prefer something German after the time with Torben Beltz?

Punctuality. If I was 45 seconds late, I was told: What’s going on? You’re too late! (laughs)

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