The fall of the US Open champion. This time in Paris. “Revolving Door” Tennis

Emma Raducanu went from a fairly anonymous teenager to a well-known tennis player less than nine months ago. Then, as the 150th rocket in the world, she unexpectedly won the US Open in front of everyone. Thus, she became the first qualifier in the Open Era, counting from 1968, to win the Grand Slam tournament. After this success, she rose 128 places on the WTA list. She is currently 12th on that list, but so far has not even come close to repeating the New York success. On Wednesday, she made her debut in the French Open, losing in the second round to Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnowicz 6:3, 1:6, 1:6.

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First express trainers change, now only a sparring partner

While the defeat of the 47th on the world list and the much more experienced Sasnowicz alone is not a cause for great concern, the frequent changes in the training staff of the young Britons are surprising to say the least. Less than two weeks after winning the US Open, she decided to part ways with Andrew Richardson. The latter led her from the second half of July, replacing Nigel Sears, who had worked with her for “three months”. Following her success in New York, she remained formally without a coach until the end of the season, although she was joined by Jeremy Bates as an advisor at one of the events. In November, the Toronto-born competitor announced a partnership with Torben Beltz, who is recognized in the women’s tour. After five months it was over and the teenager decided to use the training system of the British Federation without a permanent coach. Lately he only goes to tournaments with a sparring partner.

Before the Grand Slam competition in Paris, Raducanu assured her in interviews that she was satisfied with her choices and that she saw positive signs of these changes. Another opinion includes: John McEnroe.

– If I had won the Grand Slam tournament, starting with the qualifiers, I would not have changed my coach until next year. I don’t understand this move of hers. She has already called the coaches three, four or five times, which is incredible for someone who has just won the Grand Slam title – emphasized the American in the Eurosport studio.

‘Let’s hope Emma finds someone to last longer’

In his opinion, the 19-year-old has trouble moving on the pitch and still lacks experience due to her young age.

– She puts herself in a difficult position because a lot is expected of her and we don’t know if she feels good with the people she currently works with. Her parents certainly know more than I do, but I don’t think the idea of ​​a revolving door with coaches is good for any tennis player. Especially at this stage of my career. We’ll see what happens next. Let’s hope Emma will find someone to last longer, McEnroe concluded.

Raducanu hasn’t had a good streak for several months now. In addition to poorer results, it also faced increasing criticism. Many people accused her that after winning the US Open, she was much more involved in sponsorship deals than tennis tournaments. She entered into partnerships with powerful companies in the luxury goods market such as Tiffany and Dior and with British Airways. She also appeared at the MET Gala, the event called the biggest fashion evening and the world premiere of the new version of James Bond’s adventures.

A tennis player – whose father is Romanian and mother is Chinese – complained some time ago to journalists that she was being judged unfairly.

– I train five or six hours a day, I spend 12 hours a day in sports facilities. But I throw another mail out of the car on the way to practice and that’s enough to suddenly find out that I’m not into tennis, she complained.

However, it looks like she won’t be able to count on more positive reactions until she impresses on the track again. For her, preparations for competition on grass courts.

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