Teen sensations Emma Raducanu and Carlos Alcaraz have taken the tennis fraternity by storm since the last season. Both the teenagers have won titles with Emma shocking the whole world, first with her run to the 4th round of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships that made her the youngest British woman to achieve the feat and then went all the way by winning the 2021 US Open.
While Emma had the limelight for her underdog run, Carlos himself became the youngest man in the Open Era to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open. He was unfortunate to have suffered an injury in his quarter-final match or else who knows two teenagers could have won the Grand Slam last season.
While Carlos failed to win the major, he went on to win the 2021 NextGen Finals and later won the 2022 Rio Open, an ATP-500 event making him one of the youngest champions at the tier. Life for Emma on the Tour has not however been good having won only 3 matches from the 9 she has played since winning the major in New York which has also seen her become one of the most abused athletes on Twitter.
“Social networks can sometimes be dangerous, especially with this aspect of “proximity” that accompanies them. When I think of young players like Emma Raducanu and Carlos Alcaraz, I want them to try not to pay too much attention to what they can see there because it could hurt them a lot.
“No matter how well they perform on the tennis court, I fear they are not yet ready to bear all the weight and pressures that inevitably come with social media,” said Paula Badosa speaking in Eurosport’s Player’s Voice, speaking on the difficulties of being on social media and how adversely it can affect the players.
Emma Raducanu, Carlos Alcaraz and Paula Badosa all to feature in Indian Wells
Badosa will be defending her title in the coming week in Indian Wells while Emma and Carlos are looking for their first 1000-category title. All three of them have a bye in the first round and will be looking to make a strong start to the different cause they have coming into the tournament, for Badosa, to defend the title and for Emma and Carlos, make a good deep run at the ‘5th Grand Slam of Tennis.’