John McEnroe says he is wishing Emma Raducanu all the best and expressed hope to see the 20-year-old Briton contending for Grand Slam titles in the future. Raducanu, who stunningly won the 2021 US Open as a qualifier, has since faced lots of criticism because her form and results haven’t been that great.
But Raducanu is still just 20 years old and currently competing in just her second full season on the WTA Tour. “I think the last year has been overwhelming, obviously. She has gone through a lot of changes in her life and now she has had issues with injuries.
But it felt like for the first time the pressure was not on her and was on Coco Gauff when they played at the Australian Open and that is not a bad thing. Everyone in the tennis world is hopeful that she can embrace what’s happening with her and hope that she gets back to the level she showed at the US Open,” McEnroe told Tennis365.
McEnroe on Raducanu: You don’t win a Grand Slam by luck
“Ultimately, tennis is a competition and you have to find way to deal with that. I wish Emma all the best. Let’s put this on the record. You don’t win a Grand Slam by luck.
She is great player and can come back and challenge again,” McEnroe added. In the offseason, Raducanu put a big emphasis on improving her fitness and getting stronger. Also, Raducanu is now working with coach Sebastian Sachs.
After losing in the Australian Open second round to Cori Gauff, Raducanu said she was positive about the work she was doing with Sachs. Meanwhile, Raducanu is expected to return to action later this month. Recently, Raducanu was confirmed for the inaugural ATX Open in Austin, Texas.
After Austin, Raducanu will stay in the United States for the WTA 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami. It remains to be seen if Raducanu can clinch her first title of the year in Austin.