Former tennis champion Andy Roddick has warned rising star Emma Raducanu to carefully manage her schedule ahead of the 2024 Australian Open in order to avoid burnout and injuries.
Raducanu, 19, made a stunning breakthrough at the 2021 US Open, where she became the first qualifier in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title. However, she has struggled with injuries and consistency since then, leading to speculation about her potential comeback at the Australian Open.
In an exclusive interview with FirstSportz, Roddick, who won the US Open in 2003 and reached the final in 2006, advised Raducanu to be selective with her tournaments and training regimen in order to prolong her career and maximize her potential.
“Emma has a bright future ahead of her, but it’s important for her to pace herself and not put too much pressure on herself to perform at every tournament,” said Roddick. “She needs to be strategic about her scheduling and focus on maintaining her physical and mental well-being.”
Roddick’s comments come amid a growing concern about the physical and mental toll that professional tennis can take on young players, particularly those who experience early success. Raducanu herself has spoken openly about the challenges of balancing her rapid rise to stardom with the demands of the tour.
“I’ve learned a lot from my experiences over the past year, and I know that it’s important to balance my commitments and take care of my body,” Raducanu said. “I’m grateful for the advice from someone like Andy, who has been through similar challenges in his career.”
As Raducanu prepares for her much-anticipated comeback, all eyes will be on her to see how she navigates the pressures and expectations that come with being a Grand Slam champion. With the 2024 Australian Open on the horizon, her ability to manage her schedule and stay healthy will be crucial to her continued success on the tour.