British tennis fans must stop putting pressure on Emma Raducanu in the wake of her remarkable US Open success, says world No 3 Paula Badosa… with teen star facing race against time to be fit for Wimbledon
- Emma Raducanu is battling a side strain with Wimbledon fast approaching
- 19-year-old did not take up the option of a wildcard into event at Eastbourne
- World No 3 Paula Badosa says British public must put less pressure on her
- Badosa said Raducanu still has much to learn and experience to gain on tour
World No 3 Paula Badosa has urged British people to stop putting pressure on Emma Raducanu and backed the grand slam champion to adjust to life on the WTA Tour in time.
US Open champion Raducanu is in a race to be fit for Wimbledon after she sustained an injury to her side at Nottingham earlier this month, the latest in a string of fitness issues for the teenager in 2022.
Raducanu had been tipped to play at the Rothesay International Eastbourne to ensure she had significant match time on grass before she returns to SW19 for the first time since her stunning triumph in New York last September.
Emma Raducanu faces a fitness race for Wimbledon later this month because of a side strain
Spanish world No 3 Paula Badosa says the British public shouldn’t put so much pressure on Raducanu in the wake of her US Open win last year
The option of a wild card into the Devonshire Park event was not taken up by the British No 1 and despite playing only seven games on grass this summer, expectations will remain high on the 19-year-old if she does recover in time to play at Wimbledon.
Badosa, speaking from Eastbourne, said: ‘I mean her situation is very tough and she already did amazing things in this sport at a very young age.
‘I think most of the people are tough on her but in the other side maybe I can understand because press is press. Still, it puts so much pressure on her and she is a teenager still with so much to learn.
Teenager Raducanu stunned the world by winning the New York Slam last September
Raducanu retired from the Nottingham Open and has now confirmed she won’t be playing in next week’s Rothesay International event in Eastbourne ahead of Wimbledon
‘She needs time and I think she needs more experience on tour and she will get it but I think people have to stop putting all this pressure on her and expectations.
‘What she did is play very, very well at one grand slam and she won it, so you can see how good she is but you cannot expect her to win every match and tournament because that is impossible.
‘She needs time and she will get it because she has a lot of talent.’
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