Emma Raducanu admits sometimes she wishes she hadn’t won the US Open in 2021

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‘Sometimes I think to myself, “I wish I’d never won the US Open”‘: Emma Raducanu admits her shock grand slam success at 18 weighs heavily on her as she opens up on ‘sharks’ seeing her as a ‘piggy bank’

  • Emma Raducanu says she sometimes wishes she didn’t win the US Open in 2021 
  • Since securing glory as an 18-year-old Raducanu has had struggles with injuries 
  • Raducanu added that a lot of ‘sharks’ in tennis see her as a ‘piggy bank’ 

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Emma Raducanu has spoken of her brutal time on the tennis tour, admitting she sometimes wishes she had never won the 2021 US Open after being used like a ‘piggy bank’ by ‘sharks’ in the industry.

Raducanu, now 20, will miss Wimbledon and the US Open after having wrist and ankle surgery and has dropped to 128th in the world rankings.

‘When I won I was extremely naive,’ Raducanu told the Sunday Times. ‘What I have realised in the past two years, the tour and everything that comes with it, it’s not a very nice, trusting and safe space.

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‘You have to be on guard because there are a lot of sharks out there. I think people in the industry, especially with me because I was 19, now 20, they see me as a piggy bank.

‘It has been difficult to navigate. I have been burned a few times.

Emma Raducanu has revealed that she sometimes wishes she didn't win the US Open in 2021

Emma Raducanu has revealed that she sometimes wishes she didn’t win the US Open in 2021

Raducanu has had difficulties with injuries and has also changed her coach on many occasions

Raducanu has had difficulties with injuries and has also changed her coach on many occasions

‘I have learned, keep your circle as small as possible.’

Raducanu’s difficulties since making history in New York have been well-documented, from her constant changing of coaches, to her multitude of commercial commitments, to her injury setbacks. And she laid bare the pressure that comes in this ultra-competitive sport, adding: ‘I don’t think it is bad mentally to take a break, reset, and get really hungry for it again.’

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On the 2021 US Open, which she won by beating Canada’s Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3, Raducanu said: ‘Since then I’ve had a lot of setbacks, one after the other. I am resilient, my tolerance is high, but it’s not easy. And sometimes I think to myself I wish I’d never won the US Open, I wish that didn’t happen.

‘Then I think, remember that feeling, remember that promise, because it was completely pure.’

Raducanu recently split with her coach Sebastian Sachs.

Raducanu, who is ranked at No. 128 in the world, recently split with coach Sebastian Sachs

Raducanu, who is ranked at No. 128 in the world, recently split with coach Sebastian Sachs



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