Exclusive – Ex-British No. 1 with an upbeat verdict on Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu in action Credit: PA Images

Former British No. 1 Jo Durie believes Emma Raducanu can succeed on hard court again this month as she prepares to defend her US Open crown.

Raducanu stunned the tennis world by qualifying and winning the US Open title last year, but she struggled to maintain that success in her first full year on the WTA Tour.

Now Durie, who rose to number five in the WTA rankings in 1984, has supported the young Brit to find her form if she can avoid the injury problems that have plagued her for the past 12 months.

“She’s back on her favorite surface now, hard courts,” began Durie, speaking exclusively to Tenni365 in her role as 15 Love NFT’s ambassador. “It’s hot and steamy and Emma loves the way the ball moves and now she can attack.

“It was unfortunate with all the injuries she’s had, but I just hope she gets more robust and can handle a little better physically.

“I just don’t know what we can expect from her at the US Open as the defending champion, because she was amazing last year. She can say forever that she is a Grand Slam champion, which is what we all aspire to in tennis.”

Racucanu has been dismissed by some tennis watchers, but those in the game are convinced the 19-year-old can win major titles in the future and Durie is among those on her side.

“If you look from week to week and even at Grand Slams, there are different winners,” Durie said. “Iga Swiatek is at everyone’s level at the moment and the difference in points is big between one and two.

“But the rest of the top 20…anyone week after week can win the tournament and they know it. Why not at a Grand Slam?”

Raducanu will head to the US Open with 2040 ranking points to defend and looks certain to slip down the WTA rankings and out of the top 10 unless she finds some form of victory in the build-up events for her title defense in New York. .

“Nobody wins a great tournament if they’re not a great player and I hope she believes it, but a lot has changed for her since then,” tennis legend John McEnroe told Tennis365 last month.

“I’m not close to her. In truth. In fact, I never spoke to her. I hope to have the opportunity soon because she is obviously a breath of fresh air. She is a very sweet girl, a beautiful girl and plays great tennis. What’s not to like.

“It’s been hard to see her struggling, but I don’t know if she needs time. She needs the right stability and the people around her and I don’t know what’s going on there.

“You don’t go through a tournament where you don’t lose a single set and you beat some of the best players and you’re not a great player.”

Durie remains a prominent figure in British tennis and now the former player who reached the quarter-finals in all four Grand Slams and also reached the semi-finals of the French Open in 1983 is backing former tennis star Kyle Stocker and his sister Sabrina. release their 15 Love NFT’s.

“I needed a quick court on what NFT was about, but I really feel like this kind of project could bring younger people into our game,” he added.

“We need to attract the attention of young people and involve them in tennis. If they’re interested, give it a try, they’ll see how exciting it can be.

“I’m excited to see where this journey goes with Kyle and Sabrina and their NFT project. I used to coach Kyle when he was a player so I had to get involved when he called me and asked me to be one of the ambassadors.

“It’s a real opportunity to open the doors to a new audience for our game and this is important at a time when we need to bring the next generation to our sport.”

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