Former world number one Tracy Austin has advised Emma Raducanu not to listen too much to what others have to say as she is living the life that many can only dream of and there are many people who get jealous when they see someone enjoying success at such a young age.
Raducanu, 19, has become one of the biggest names in the game after becoming the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam. After his astonishing victory at the US Open, Raducanu landed multiple endorsement and endorsement deals.
“There will be naysayers everywhere,” Austin told Reuters. “She’s beautiful. She talks well. She’s bright. She’s athletic. She won a major tournament. She’s a billionaire.”
And the problem with that is most people are going to be jealous. Jealousy with a capital ‘J’ is evil, so stay away from it if you can.”
Austin to Raducanu – Just listen to those close to you
“I’m sure you’re affected by what people say, but you need to stay true to your values and keep the people around you who have your best interests at heart,” Austin added, as far away from social media as possible.
Maybe he needs it for the sponsors, but he might as well avoid it when possible.” Raducanu has struggled with his game this season and some have blamed sponsorship deals for his poor results.
In a recent interview, Raducanu strongly defended herself against those who claim that she is not fully committed and dedicated to the game: “Maybe you just see, in the news or on social networks, that I am signing this or that contract and I think it is quite misleading. because I do five, six hours a day (training), I am at the club 12 hours a day,” Raducanu said.
“But I throw a post in the car on the way to training and all of a sudden it’s ‘I’m not focusing on tennis.’ “.