In 2021, Emma Raducanu exploded in the eyes of the general public. First on home soil, at Wimbledon, with a cruel exit in the round of 16 for her first Grand Slam, then at Flushing Meadows with her unexpected victory at the US Open, where she became the first player to win a Major by qualifying. So naturally, expectations were high for her second season on the big circuit. Maybe too high. In 2022, the Briton won only three minor Grand Slam matches and zero titles. Fortunately, the 20-year-old has found a perfect support to better live these moments, her compatriot Andy Murray.
“In tennis, you’d think everything is going downhill, downhill and not getting better,” she told Graza. “But everything can change so quickly. One match can have a big impact on your confidence and once you have confidence and momentum comes, you feel like you can’t lose. It’s a very individual sport – people are friendly, but it’s hard to be really close to the people you’re competing with. Andy Murray is so good to talk to because he’s been through pretty much what I’ve been through. I’ve always admired and watched him since he won his first Wimbledon and the Olympics.”
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