As soon as a player puts his name on the honor roll, the sporting world thinks he has a new star. That’s how it works, huh?
Nuances do not enter into this unequal equation. Winning a Grand Slam immediately brings an expectation of certain standards that will be amplified externally in a social world that can only understand life by winning or losing. In capitals.
Thank God Emma Raducanu for breaking the mold. She may not be thanking everyone for their response to her difficulties, but a healthy dose of realism has now set in.
Winning 10 games in a row in Flushing Meadows without losing a set was the worst possible way to increase the wow! Pub. The trophy just toured Britain, squeezing the seeds of the September 2021 juice. It’s kind of an old narrative now. The world wants to see what Emma did next.
Raducanu airspace is full of noise and traffic is best closed off. The pessimists are out there and so are the optimists. The difficult second album syndrome can strangle rather than inspire. After winning in Paris a few weeks ago, Iga Swiatek said something that made a lot of sense: “OK, the first one happened, but the second one is confirmation that you really know what you’re doing.”
The Pole hit the nail on the head. No further questions will be asked of the 21-year-old for the time being until the mini-crisis of losing a match. It has the necessary validation for its own headspace. She is in the elite forever, a woman who has proven she can win multiple times and multiple titles on different surfaces.
Raducanu is currently in the twilight zone, looking to “connect the Emma I want to be and the Emma I am now. When I do that, I feel like I’m going to be very dangerous.” She’s trying not to worry about the little things.
The 19-year-old recently spoke of trying to “turn off more”, saying she’s “failing to be perfect all the time and being afraid of looking bad in front of me”. This is teenage angst, not tennis talk. We don’t need to know her justifications. Her transparency is both refreshing and engaging.
The burden on the stars of British youth sport has always been extreme – although in tennis there aren’t many teenagers who have butts in the seats, let alone on the edge of them. Judy Murray participated with the old “my son also had growing pains”, which is quite possible.
Paula Badosa asks Emma Raducanu for patience: ‘She needs time and more experience on tour’
Even Andy himself told the media to take a break: “We’re going to make mistakes and say the wrong thing sometimes, but maybe don’t judge us too harshly when we do this and I’m sure that would help Emma a little. .”
Everyone has an angle on the young Brit. There cannot be a direct plot or plan. She is young. She smile. She wins. She loses. She retires. Well, more of the latter at the moment, which is a little problematic. If she makes it to Wimbledon, her spine inches will be full of it.
Steve Davis once said that the perfect art of snooker “is playing like it means nothing when it means everything”. That’s not quite Kipling’s imposter quote, but that innocence can help Raducanu manage the weight of his internal struggle.
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