Victoria Azarenka warns Emma Raducanu not to be seduced by her hangers-on

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‘Have a very small circle and a very solid one’: Emma Raducanu warned by former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka not to be seduced by hangers-on and suggests Brit was wrong to ditch victorious US Open coach

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka has warned Emma Raducanu not to be seduced by hangers-on as she tries to get her career back on track.

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Azarenka, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, also suggested that the player was wrong to ditch coach Andrew Richardson, who guided her at the 2021 US Open and has been replaced by a succession of mentors since.

‘When Emma won the US Open, what I noticed at that time was that everybody latched onto her as if she was their friend, and I was thinking that they probably didn’t even know her a month ago. 

‘In a way, it didn’t feel very real,’ Azarenka told the William Hill’s Upfront with Simon Jordan podcast.

‘It’s sad to hear her say that sometimes she wishes she had never won the US Open, but I think this is a very momentary feeling because if you said to her ‘Okay, we’ll take it away and you can carry on’, I’m not sure she would agree to that.

Victoria Azarenka warned Emma Raducanu (pictured) she shouldn't be seduced by hangers-on

Azarenka (pictured) said it was 'sad' to hear Raducanu say she 'wished she'd never won the US Open'

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Victoria Azarenka (right) warned Emma Raducanu (left)) she shouldn’t be seduced by hangers-on

Azarenka added Raducanu shouldn't have parted ways with Andrew Richardson (pictured)

Azarenka added Raducanu shouldn’t have parted ways with Andrew Richardson (pictured)

Raducanu (left) has not played since last April following surgery on both of her wrists

Raducanu (left) has not played since last April following surgery on both of her wrists

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 ‘I think the advice I would have given her is that you should not forget the people who drove you to that moment and who helped you get there. From my experience, I would say she needs to have a very small circle and a very solid one.’ 

Raducanu has not played since April, undergoing minor surgery on both her wrists and an ankle. She has been active detailing trips with friends on social media, has been to see her grandmother in Bucharest, and was at Wimbledon last week to fulfil promotional obligations for various sponsors. There is still no timeline for her coming back.

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There have not been any reported sightings of her beginning serious rehab programme yet, although it is quite possible that she has been working privately. 

As an avid fan of Formula One she would have been expected to attend the Grand Prix at Silverstone, but if she was there she kept a very low profile.

Her return to action might come towards the end of this season or sometime around the build-up to next year.

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Azarenka (right) was beaten by Ukraine's Elina Svitolina (left) at Wimbledon on Sunday night

Azarenka (right) was beaten by Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina (left) at Wimbledon on Sunday night



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