Emma Raducanu proud of her achievements in 2021 after taking stock during her first holiday in seven years in the Caribbean; the US Open champion will now train in Abu Dhabi with her new coach Torben Beltz in preparation for next year’s Australian Open
US Open champion Emma Raducanu says she is ready to “improve and get better” ahead of her first full season on the Tour.
The British teenager was in buoyant mood after playing for the first time on home soil since her historic Flushing Meadows triumph in September.
Raducanu beat her good friend and practice partner Elena-Gabriela Ruse in an exhibition match at the ATP Champions Tour event at London’s Royal Albert Hall before discussing her hopes for next year and why she sees Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton as her mentor.
“Pressure is a privilege. I thrive under the adrenaline”
Raducanu quotes Billie Jean King
Raducanu, who turned 19 earlier this month, is ready to embark on a gruelling schedule, starting in Australia.
The British No 1 batted away suggestions she is certain to become a big scalp for her opponents by taking a famous quote out of tennis legend Billie Jean King’s book.
“I’m not sure of other people’s opinions of me,” she said. “It’s going to happen, pressure is a privilege. I thrive under the adrenaline, I hope.
“So for me, I don’t really think about other people’s opinions or expectations. The only ones I have are that of myself, to improve and get better.”