Raducanu warned she faces 'very difficult time' at Wimbledon this year

Raducanu warned she faces 'very difficult time' at Wimbledon this year

British No 1 Emma Raducanu warned she faces a ‘very difficult time’ at Wimbledon this year with extra security set to be drafted in at SW19 to deal with ‘Emma-mania’

  • Tennis chiefs believe Emma Raducanu has the maturity to deal with the scrutiny 
  • ‘Emma-mania’ is expected to grip SW19 during the tournament this summer
  • The 19-year-old was accompanied by a LTA bodyguard in Prague last week

British No 1 Emma Raducanu has been warned she faces a ‘very tough’ time at Wimbledon this year – but tennis chiefs believe the teenager has the maturity to deal with the scrutiny.

‘Emma-mania’ is expected to grip SW19 during the tournament, which starts on June 27, when the 19-year-old plays her first Wimbledon as the reigning US Open champion.

Security will be an important factor and Raducanu was accompanied by a LTA bodyguard during the Billie Jean King Cup tie defeat to the Czech Republic in Prague last week.

Emma Raducanu has been warned she faces a ‘very tough’ time at Wimbledon this year

LTA CEO Scott Lloyd told The Sun: ‘It’s going to be in some ways a very tough year, a tough summer for her, in terms of her profile.

‘It’s only a year ago she was sitting her A-Levels.

‘Emma needs to try to find what works for her in terms of how she navigates the Tour and the travelling, domestic tournaments or internationally.

‘It’s about getting into a pattern of where she wants to play in the lead-up to a Grand Slam. She doesn’t know that yet.

‘Emma-mania’ is expected to grip SW19 during the tournament, which starts on June 27

‘She has a long way to go in terms of starting to find herself and learn what works for her to deliver optimal performances.

‘The one thing I’ll say on that is that you saw her navigate that last summer with incredible maturity given the circumstances. She has a very level head on her shoulders.

‘It’s a development period, it’s a learning experience, but she is in a good place. She knows what she wants to try and do.

‘She is an incredible tennis player. I’m sure she will go on to many more successes in the years to come.’




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