Emma Raducanu opens up on reasons behind her revolving door coach system

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EMMA RADUCANU has explained the reason why she has axed so many tennis coaches – they simply cannot keep up with her demanding questions!

The 2021 US Open champion has hired and fired several coaches over the course of her brief professional career.

Emma Raducanu has revealed one reason why she has rattled through a number of tennis coaches

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Emma Raducanu has revealed one reason why she has rattled through a number of tennis coachesCredit: Getty

And whoever is in her corner must have a sharp mind to answer back to this bright and inquisitive Bromley girl.

Curious Raducanu, 20, said: “Honestly, I ask my coaches a lot of questions.

“I think that on certain occasions they haven’t been able to keep up with the questions that I have asked – so maybe that’s why it ended!

“But yeah, it’s something that I have always done and I keep provoking.

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“I keep asking questions to coaches and challenging their thinking as well.

“I’m not someone that you can just tell me what to do and I will do it. I need to understand why and then I will do it.

“I think that I was always very intellectually curious from a young age.

“My dad was someone who always provoked me to think, to ask questions. I got my logical side from him and my resilient side from my mum.

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Raducanu has been out of action after having surgery on her ankle and both of her wrists

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Raducanu has been out of action after having surgery on her ankle and both of her wristsCredit: Getty

“So, I think that maybe I do shape and frame the way I train or the way I approach certain decisions differently.

“And I think it does give me an advantage because I’m not necessarily the biggest hitter or the strongest or run the fastest.

“But I think that I can use my brain in ways that can give me some advantage.”

Raducanu, who turns 21 next month, is set to return to the WTA Tour in the New Year after a long lay-off following three surgeries in May.

Time is running out for her to qualify directly for Team GB for the Paris 2024 Olympics – she has to appear in one further Billie Jean King Cup tie – even though she may get in through the backdoor via a discretionary route.

When the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme put the various scenarios to her about qualification, Raducanu responded: “I didn’t even know I could still play it!

“I was like, there’s no way I can still play the Olympics. I had no idea.

“Obviously the Olympics are such a big thing in sport. I think I could play another four if I really wanted to.

“So this one isn’t the immediate rush or pressure. For me, it’s getting back on court.

“I love the Slams but of course, I would want to have the Olympic experience.

“I will just see how it goes. If I even qualify or how it happens from there.”

Raducanu is hoping to return in time for the Paris 2024 Olympics, but is more focused on getting back out on the court first

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Raducanu is hoping to return in time for the Paris 2024 Olympics, but is more focused on getting back out on the court firstCredit: Getty



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