Judy Murray emphasizes Emma Raducanu’s lack of female role models and social life as Tour struggles continue

Judy Murray talks about her compatriot Emma Raducanu, her choices and her team ahead of the Indian Wells Open


Judy Murray emphasizes Emma Raducanu’s lack of female role models and social life as Tour struggles continue

Judy and Emma

According to Andy Murray‘s mother, Judy Murray, Emma Raducanu’s busy schedule and team of older men may be hindering her social life. However, Murray does not believe that Raducanu needs a female coach. At the young age of 18, Raducanu made tennis history by becoming the only qualifier to win a Grand Slam title. She defeated Leylah Fernandez in the final to claim the 2021 US Open trophy, which is her sole singles title to date.

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Raducanu has been unable to attain further success due to injuries and inconsistent performance. In a recent interview, Judy Murray was asked whether Raducanu should consider working with a female coach for a change. However, the 63-year-old disagreed, stating that Raducanu was intelligent enough to make her own decisions.

In that interview, Judy said, “I think she is a great young athlete, very smart head. She loves tennis, she reads the game well. I think when you are young, the schedule might be pretty tough. It’s about ten and a half months of the year travelling. At the age of 20, if your whole team are guys and usually pretty much older guys, I think you miss out on the social side, where most of your friends are probably students, they are learning and partying.”

She continued speaking about Raducanu and said, “She is a great prospect and I think now that she is kind of setting around the 80 in the world I think that’s a good place to be at her age. Hopefully, the spotlight is off her a little bit and she can develop in more peace and quiet, although media may have another ideas.”

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Judy Murray talks about Emma Raducanu ahead of Indian Wells Open

Despite reaching a career-high ranking of No. 10 in the past year, Emma Raducanu‘s current rank has fallen to No. 77. She has changed coaches frequently, with Sebastian Sachs being her fifth since June 2021. Judy Murray also talked about her trying to have a female influence on the team in the same interview.

She said, “Having friends around, and women in your team, if you are female player I think, can only be a good thing because women were once girls and therefore they understand all the physical and emotional changes that girls go through. The WTA Tour have some lifestyle managers, women who the players can go to speak to in confidence about certain things, which is great, but there’s no substitute from having your own person.”

Emma Raducanu is set to face Danka Kovinic in the first round of the 2023 Indian Wells tournament, marking their second meeting. Kovinic previously defeated Raducanu in the second round of the 2022 Australian Open. Raducanu has had a rough start to the season, experiencing an ankle injury and a loss to Coco Gauff at the 2023 Australian Open.

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