“Not to Get Sucked Into the Fakeness of That Kind of World”: Kim Clijsters Advises Emma Raducanu

Published 09/18/2021, 7:58 AM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


Emma Raducanu has certainly made it into the history books as she triumphed at the Flushing Meadows this year. While everyone is praising the Brit, Kim Clijsters gave a sensible piece of advice to the champion.

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The 18-year-old British prodigy did the unimaginable as she accomplished her maiden Grand Slam all the way from qualifying. In the finals of the US Open 2021, Raducanu crumbled the Canadian Leylah Fernandez’s hopes of winning her maiden grand slam in straight sets.

Everyone around the corner is hailing the Brit. Kim Clijsters in a podcast with Kamau Murray had some wise words for Emma. First, Clijsters said she was thrilled to see Raducanu win the grand slam. She believes the 18-year-old has achieved something amazing. The four-time grand slam winner, Clijsters, stated, “She’s so innocent and natural out there.

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Clijsters’ wise piece of advice to Emma Raducanu

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Clijsters not only congratulated Raducanu, but she also gave her some advice. She feels that after winning a grand slam, people around you change. People expect more from you all of a sudden. The Belgian advises Emma to “not to get sucked into the fakeness of that kind of world.” When you win a major event, your entire world changes. The money, interviews, and notoriety are all attractive. However, Clijsters urged Emma not to get sidetracked as it might drain her energy.

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Clijsters encourages Raducanu to concentrate only on her game because she will require more energy in the future. She hopes Emma’s management team is supportive and provides a positive work atmosphere for her.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain reacts after winning the first set against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The four times grand slam champion also appreciated the on-court interviews of Emma Raducanu. She thinks Emma has a natural knack for dealing with conversation events of this nature. Clijsters said it’s amazing to watch how an 18-year-old can manage such pressure.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at Essentially Sports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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