Emma Raducanu says she’s ‘letting go of being perfect’
Wimbledon is only a few weeks away but there has been no fighting spirit from Emma Raducanu, who has labeled the pressure to keep winning tournaments as ‘unrealistic’.
Speaking in Nike’s latest ‘What Are You Working on’ film, the 19-year-old tennis ace returned to her hometown of Bromley, where she feels ‘most herself’, sharing how she’s ‘letting go of being perfect’.
She visited the tracks where she learned to play as a child and the Canada Heights Motocross track in Kent, where she started motocross and karting at the age of nine.
‘I just really like the tension. I’m chasing that a bit,” she explained.
The tennis champion added that when she really feels herself, she thinks she could be “pretty dangerous”.
The athlete is currently facing a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon after requesting a medical time-out last week in the early stages of her clash with Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic at the Nottingham Open.
In Nike’s latest “What Are You Working on” movie, tennis champion Emma Raducanu, 19, visited the Canada Heights motocross track in Kent, where she started motocross and karting at age nine.
The 19-year-old star, from Bromley, took the camera crew to her hometown and tells how ‘she lets go of letting go of perfection’
She took painkillers and tried to continue, but had to pull out of the game completely while trailing 4-3 in the first set after struggling with pain in the left side of her abdomen.
She opened up about the pressure she felt after being forced to pull out of the fourth round Wimbledon match last year, explaining: “I walked away from Wimbledon. I’ve never experienced anything like this.
“I just let all the emotions go like crazy. I immediately took that into practice and then the US Open took place.
“After winning the US Open, everyone expected me to win every tournament I would ever play.
“I think it’s a bit unrealistic, because perfection just doesn’t exist.”
Emma, in the photo practicing yoga, said she is doing her best to “quit” tennis more and “let go” of her pursuit of perfection
She added that she’s “waking up to letting go” and trying to “turn off more,” saying sheto always be perfect and to be afraid of looking bad in front of myself.”
The short film for her sponsor brand concluded with images of Emma on the track.
“If you’re always perfect and looking good, you’re not really challenging yourself and you’re not doing things that will improve you,” she said.
‘I want to connect the Emma I want to be and the Emma I am now. If I do, I feel like I’m going to get pretty dangerous.”
The Championships has announced a record amount of prize money for this summer’s tournament as it aims to avert a boycott of players after being stripped of its ranking points over the Russian and Belarusian ban.
Those who enter will compete for a total prize pool of £40.35 million, 11.1 percent more than at last year’s event and 5.4 percent more than the previous edition in 2019.
Emma was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up in Bromley. Her father is from Romania and her mother is from China. Both parents work in the financial sector. She has said in the past that her parents “both came from very academic families.”
The star also enjoys motocross and can be seen in the film running a course in her green and black gear
Emma with her motocross friends during Nike’s movie ahead of Wimbledon in two weeks. Her love of motorsport, especially Formula 1, has stayed with her well into adulthood
Emma moved to the UK when she was two and five when she started playing tennis. She has said that she loves all sports such as basketball, skiing, horseback riding and in the Nike movie you can see her participating in motocross.
It could hardly have been better for Emma that Bromley Tennis Center was next to Newstead Wood, the selective high school where she’d captured one of the much sought-after spots.
She was the only child of Ian and Renee and had ended up in one of the best locations in the country to hone a tennis player. The Raducanus had taken a detour to get to this commuter area on the outskirts of South East London.
The tennis ace, pictured doing yoga, will face a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon after withdrawing from the Nottingham Open last week with a stomach ache
Before concentrating purely on tennis, they made sure their only child sampled lots of different sports and activities.
Ballet lessons were one thing, while there were also regular trips to a converted bus garage in Streatham, where she enjoys karting, before graduating to two-wheel motocross. Her love of motorsports, especially Formula 1, has stayed with her well into adulthood.
Yet tennis became her all-consuming passion. She first mastered a racket at age five when her parents tried the sport in local parks, and the first time she got her name on a roll of honor was when she entered the Bromley Tennis Center children’s tournament at age six. under eight won. By the age of seven she had made it to the final of a national winter tournament in Oxfordshire.
Bromley Tennis Center adjoined Newstead Wood, the selective high school where Emma had captured one of the in-demand places
The first time she got her name on a roll of honor was when she won the Bromley Tennis Center under-eight tournament at the age of six. At the age of seven she had made it to the final of a national winter tournament in Oxfordshire
Emma had impressed former UK No. 1 Anne Keothavong from an early age.
“Shortly after I retired in 2013, I was doing my coaching training and had Emma as a guinea pig for a few sessions,” she recalls.
“I was told that Emma was promising and it was pretty obvious why. You don’t see many kids trying to catch the ball early and on the rise like she did. I wasn’t long off the tour and I remember thinking, “I really need to focus here” when I was banging her.”
Earlier this year, a man was found guilty of stalking her home and said the incidents made her feel unsafe in her home and afraid to go out alone. In February, the perpetrator was given a five-year restraining order
About seven years later, when the world was on lockdown, former Davis Cup player TV commentator and coach Mark Petchey was brought in to do some extra work on the court with Raducanu, while her advisor – Belgian coach Philippe Dehaes – was not. was able to get to the UK.
Her first appearance on court since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic came in early July 2020 – in the week that should have seen the Wimbledon start – when a British Tour event was underway in Roehampton.
Under close scrutiny, some of the country’s brighter prospects gathered and Raducanu would take four wins and emerge victorious.