“How Will She Handle All That?” – Former WTA Star Raises Concerns for Emma Raducanu

Published 09/29/2021, 8:46 AM EDT
Britain’s Emma Raducanu poses with the U.S. Open tennis championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the women’s singles final the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, U.S., September 11, 2021. Picture taken September 11, 2021. Michael Frey/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.


British tennis star Emma Raducanu has become one of the most developed players in recent times. In her second appearance at a Grand Slam event, she ended up winning the title. At the age of 18 years, she is a proud Grand Slam champion. 

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Recently, former WTA star Chanda Rubin spoke on Raducanu and her recent development. However, the former American player raised concerns with regard to the Briton being able to handle fame. She feels the fact that Emma has got it all so soon, might have happened too quickly for her. 

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The former doubles champion stated, “It’s a shift of your mindset and for Raducanu it has happened just all at once. It’s a huge difference and for most players, they’ve had to break into the top 100, and then you sort of hit those milestones, you know, into maybe the top 30, top 20, and at each stage, you sort of deal with a different kind of pressure.”

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Rubin spoke about the fact that players usually first break into the top 100 rankings. After that, players then break into the top 30 followed by the top 20, and so on. However, in Raducanu’s case, the situation is different.

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: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The 45-year-old further added, “For Raducanu, it has just happened all at one time, literally within a couple of months, she has kind of leaped past these normal milestones.

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“We’ve been seeing her social media, all of the different events she’s doing, the people that she’s rubbing shoulders with. How will she handle all that? We’ve seen how she handles it on the court, how well she’s going to handle it off the court, it’s going to be interesting to see.”

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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