Emma Raducanu details ‘new goals’ as she plots return after Chinese inspiration

Emma Raducanu teaches tennis lesson from 4,000 miles away

Emma Raducanu has revealed she has taken inspiration from Chinese history as she plans her return to tennis. The 2021 US Open champion has fallen to world No.280 after undergoing wrist and ankle injuries in May which forced her to miss Wimbledon.

Raducanu, 20, is scheduled to play her first event at Macau Tennis Masters exhibition event in December before heading Down Under in the New Year. The Bromley-based star, whose mother Renee is Chinese, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I will be back for the start of this season for sure.

“I will be coming back with a lower ranking but I’m looking forward to starting again, resetting, I still have new goals, new things I want to achieve but I’ve still got 15 years in my career so there is no rush. Throughout my career I’ve had setbacks. I take most of my inspiration from books, I read a lot, I read Chinese history about the different dynasties.”

Raducanu has been seen more on adverts for sponsors such as British Airways in the last year than on the tennis court as she has attracted criticism for her commercial activity.

She said: “Certain scenarios I’m still trying to get my bearings, I’m a lot better it’s not just tennis and fitness it’s the other, it’s the commercial sides as well and that’s totally ok, because you have to think ahead about your life after your career is over and I think that a lot of the successful athletes would have said I wish maybe when I was younger I did think ahead a little bit.

“I think I have a lot of bandwidth and knowledge and learning so I’m just curious about everything and every different world I can get into but at the end of the day tennis and training is my priority.”

Raducanu is looking for her sixth full-time coach since turning pro in 2021 after splitting with German Sebastian Sachs during her recovery this summer.

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“I ask my coaches a lot of questions,” she said. “I think on certain occasions they haven’t been able to keep up with the questions I asked so maybe that’s why it ended. I keep challenging their thinking as well. I’m not someone you can tell what to do and I’ll do it. I need to understand why and I will do it.

“I think maybe I shape and frame the way I train and approach certain decisions differently, and I think it does give me an advantage, because I’m not necessarily the biggest hitter or the strongest or run the fastest but I think I can use my brain in ways that can give me an advantage.”

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