(REUTERS) – US Open champion Emma Raducanu faces a “steep learning curve” forward of her first full season on the WTA Tour, Judy Murray, a tennis coach and mom to three-time Grand Slam winner Andy, mentioned on Sunday (Dec 19).
Raducanu surprised the sporting world in September by changing into the primary qualifier to win a Major after beating Canada’s Leylah Fernandez within the closing at Flushing Meadows. She was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday.
“The next 10 months will be completely different to anything she has experienced in her fledgling albeit incredibly exciting career,” Murray wrote in a column for the Daily Telegraph.
“It shall be a steep studying curve on the ladies’s circuit as she adjusts from the relative anonymity of an A-Level schoolgirl to the dog-eat-dog world of week in, week out Tour tennis.
“Add to that the expectation and demands of fans, media, sponsors and agents and you can see how her life has changed out of sight since winning the US Open.”
Raducanu has loved blended fortunes since her Grand Slam triumph, shedding early at Indian Wells within the United States and going out within the quarter-finals in Romania earlier than being crushed within the first spherical of the Linz Open in Austria.
She was additionally pressured to drag out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition occasion in Abu Dhabi after testing Covid-19 constructive.
Murray burdened the significance of giving the 19-year-old some house to develop her recreation.
“I was so pleased to hear her say she wants to prioritise the development of her game and work on her fitness in the build-up to the Australian Open,” Murray added.
“Her tennis is already in such an excellent place, however it’s vital that we do not heap expectation and stress on her.
“Let’s give her time and space to grow her game and get to grips with what the pro tennis circuit will demand of her.”