Emma Raducanu praised for dealing with ‘brutal’ effects of fame

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu is one of the biggest names in tennis at the moment (Photo: TPN / Getty Images)

Emma Raducanu has been praised by Chris Evert for how she has handled the British tabloids and insists that her priority is still tennis.

The British No. 1 has so far undergone a difficult 2022 season after failing to reach the final stages of the tournaments she has participated in due to a host of injury problems.

Raducanu has yet to find the form she showed on her way to winning the US Open as a qualifying tournament last year, and with her sharp rise, lots of sponsorship deals have come and opened new doors for her.

The 19-year-old has received some criticism that she acts outside the court activities as a distraction, but Raducanu recently hit back hard at the ‘unfair’ comments.

Evert, an 18-time Grand Slam singles winner, is full of admiration for how Raducanu has handled the media and insists it is clear that tennis is her priority.

“Being a superstar in England is like the toughest thing ever for a player,” the former world number one told Eurosport.

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu has been fighting for form this season (Photo: Mark Brown / Getty Images)

‘Even harder than being a superstar in America where there are so many more athletes in other sports or being a superstar in other countries.

‘I just think it’s brutal with the tabloids in England. I mean, basically, they’re camping out by your doorstep if you’re a superstar, and that’s not good. I think Emma manages everything beautifully.

“I think Emma has tennis as her number one priority and she works hard. It’s hard when these financial opportunities come and they’re just offered her to turn them down and I think that’s fine for so long her first priority is still to improve her game.

‘It’s hard when you win a Grand Slam and you’re out of the top 100. It’s a hard, hard, hard action to follow and she feels it, but she just has to put her nose to the grindstone and deal with it. work her way up, and I think she does.

‘She’s got a great game and she’s got a great attitude. But it’s hard to be a superstar in England and I saw that for the last 50 years I’ve seen it with English players.

‘The press is just different in England, they are relentless, they build you up and if you do not live up to expectations, they are just not that supportive.

“It’s not the whole press there, but the tabloids, you just have to be thick-skinned. She must be thick-skinned. But I think she is. ‘

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