Britain’s Emma Raducanu said she won’t let her off-pitch commitments stand in the way of training as she tries to get back to the kind of form that earned her her first US Open Grand Slam title.
Raducanu became the first qualified to win the US Open in September and has since assumed celebrity status, appearing on magazine covers and billboards for various brands.
However, the 18-year-old, who was eliminated in the second round at Indian Wells and the quarter-finals of the Transylvania Open last month, said tennis is her number one priority.
“I made it very, very clear to every single person on my team that I would not cancel a training session or practice session for off-pitch engagements,” said Raducanu, who is seeded for the first time in his. career at this week’s WTA 250 tournament in Linz.
“It wasn’t negotiable for me. I wanted to make sure that that was my priority and it is. So everyone is clear about that.
“But it’s just managing my time with the commitments around that. Even if it’s not off-court events or anything, I’m still doing my WTA rookie hours, for example,” he told reporters.
The WTA “Beginner Hours” is an orientation program for young players to help them understand the different aspects of the sport and their responsibilities.
Raducanu separated from her coach after the US Open and is currently training herself, but said she would have someone in her corner before the Australian Open in January.
“I’m here on my own and I’m my coach again this week, which I think is really good for me in the long run,” he said.
“I feel really positive about my situation as a manager. He is in a good position … I will have a coach in charge of the Australian Open.”