WTA founder Billie Jean King has advised Emma Raducanu to start seeing a psychotherapist and surround herself only with people she trusts. Raducanu, 19, quickly rose from promising teenager to tennis superstar after surprisingly winning the 2021 US Open as a qualifier.
Since then, Raducanu has regularly been in the headlines as there is a lot of attention on every move the 19-year-old Briton makes. “Now I think he needs to have space and time and talk to people he trusts. I hope you have a psychotherapist, I think they are very helpful in listening to yourself.
I have been going forever. It really helped my life,» King told Reuters.
King advises Raducanu to surround himself with people he trusts
“I hope he finds people he can trust, who have no agenda. She needs to get away from people who have agendas, like ‘I want to train you, I want to do this,’ forget it.
She needs to be herself and she’s very bright, actually very sensible. I’m really impressed with her as a human being,» King added. Raducanu’s frequent coaching changes have often been a topic of discussion this year.
After parting ways with two coaches last year, Raducanu added Torben Beltz to his coaching staff ahead of the 2022 season. In April, Raducanu decided to part ways with Beltz. After taking time to carefully consider his next move, Raducanu added Dmitry Tursunov on a trial basis just before the North American hard-court tour.
Raducanu was apparently happy with Tursunov as his coach, but the Russian decided to end their association last month. With the departure of Tursunov, Raducanu is once again left without a coach. Meanwhile, Raducanu’s 2022 season has ended.
A week ago, Raducanu withdrew from the Billie Jean King Cup final due to a wrist injury. Now Raducanu’s focus is to make sure he is fully healthy before the 2023 season.