“Things You Cannot Teach”: Boris Becker Impressed with 18-YO Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/05/2021, 8:15 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu celebrates winning her third round match against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea REUTERS/Peter Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Being an 18-year-old British player at the Wimbledon Championships will always be a big ask for any player. However, wildcard entrant Emma Raducanu has proven her worth on the grass court at SW19. Boris Becker has praised the young Brit for the excellent effort she has put into reaching the fourth round.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Becker is a three time Wimbledon Championships winner and won his first title at the age of 18. The German won all his Wimbledon titles for West Germany, in 1985, 1986 and 1989.

Former tennis player Boris Becker in the stands during the first round REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller

Emma Raducanu and her performance at the Wimbledon Championships 2021

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Emma is a wildcard entrant in this year’s Wimbledon Championships, with a World ranking of number 338. Against all odds, she has put up quite the show, beating players who are higher ranked than her to reach the fourth round.

Emma has not dropped a single set in her three wins at SW19 this year. She got a bagel in the first-round, when she beat Vitalia Diatchenko 7-6, 6-0. She faced a stern test in the third-round against World No.45, Sorana Cirstea but came through eventually.

Emma will be facing Ajla Tomljanović of Australia, who had a juicy third round game against Jelena Ostapenko.

Boris Becker praises and lauds Emma’s efforts

Boris Becker entered the world of tennis as young teenager, who went on to become one of the best players in the world. It is really important for young players to keep their head straight, especially when there is the fear of media pangs. Boris knows a thing or two about being a young and vulnerable player.

The best piece of advice I could give her is taken from Kipling’s poem, so identified with Wimbledon: ‘Keep your head when all about you are losing theirs.’ Of course, when I was playing it was easier to close off from outside distractions because we did not have social media, mobiles and the internet.

” I am sure the team around her will be trying to protect her from all this stuff, and I remember the people around me did a good job with this,” said Boris as MSN reported.

The German legend praised the young Brit as she made her way to the fourth round. Boris is happy with the natural game that Emma plays. “Looking at Emma, I would describe her as a natural tennis player and a very good athlete who has things you cannot really teach or coach. There seems to be that instinct of knowing where to move and where to hit the ball,” said Boris.

Watch this story: Top 10 Greatest moments in Olympic history

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu celebrates winning her second round match against Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova Pool via REUTERS/David Gray

With her run,the 18-year-old has become the youngest British teenager in 42 years to enter the fourth round at the Wimbledon Championships. She is destined to go far beyond that stage, as she battles for a quarterfinal spot.

Can she go all the way in this year’s campaign?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Suchit Halder

167 articles

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

essentiallysports's Stories