“I don’t know Emma or what’s in her head, but you don’t lose talent and ability." Macci about Raducanu

Tennis coach Rick Macci believes Britain’s young tennis star Emma Raducanu must deal with stardom if she wants to return to the very top once again.

The 21-year-old broke onto the scene after winning the US Open 2021 by defeating Canada’s Leylah Fernandez in the final with a score of 6-4, 6-3. That victory was an even more special one considering that she started the tournament through the qualifying round.

Raducanu is currently spending time on the sidelines as she is recovering from fitness concerns. Macci was recently quoted in a report where he stated his opinion that the young British tennis star must deal with pressure if she wants to return to the very top.

“If you look at Carlos Alcaraz, everything changed for him with success at an early age, but he was ready and loaded,” he said. “I don’t know Emma or what’s in her head, but you don’t lose talent and ability.

“Yes, you might lose a little confidence and fitness, but technically she’s very good - you don’t win a Grand Slam otherwise. If she really wants to be one of the best in the world – and she has the ability - then you need to cope with the pressure that comes with that.

“She should want pressure. You do all this training to be a professional player and want to best in world. She has to be able to deal with what comes with that. She must be prepared to deal with the media.

“To say she sometimes wishes she didn’t win the US Open because of the mental and physical strain it has brought cuts both ways; If she’s going to listen to every little thing that is said about her then that doesn’t work, you’ve got to be bulletproof and I can help her with that.

“You need an ability to forget just as importantly as the ability to remember and she must learn from the adversity she’s faced.”

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