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“If you have a dream, go after it!” Emma Raducanu shares her advice to young and aspiring tennis players

British tennis ace Emma Raducanu is back to playing tennis and so is the buzz around her. Ever since winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the 2021 US Open, Raducanu has been the center of attention every time she takes the court. While there have been challenges, Raducanu has stuck with her dream and the Briton advises the same to aspiring athletes.

When asked about her suggestion to the younger generation who aspire to become top athletes in the world in a recent interview, Raducanu said persistence is the key. The 21-year-old who is herself counted as an upcoming superstar in women’s tennis says that obstacles are inevitable but one must not be bogged down by them. Instead, the focus should be on going all in for the dream.

My tips for anyone starting is, at the beginning, just like everything, you may feel it's hard and giving up, but don't get discouraged. If you have a dream, go for it! And don't let anything get in the way of that. 

Emma Raducanu said as per Milena Mirkovic for Aspetar

After talking about sports in general, Emma Raducanu also dwelled upon the requirements for becoming a pro tennis player. The Briton listed down a few traits that are required by top tennis players to stay relevant on the tour. She attested that physical fitness has become a big part of tennis players’ lives.

Emma Raducanu lists down the requirements for a pro tennis player

Apart from that, Raducanu also talked about the importance of mental toughness for the top players. Raducanu said that it takes a mentally strong person to cope with the quick changes that take place on the tour and also with the criticism that comes with every defeat.

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Emma Raducanu (Image via Imago)
The physical side to tennis both in the men’s and women’s game has become a hugely significant part of the sport. However, the mental component is just as important if not more due to the nature of tennis, the quick momentum shifts, losing every week in front of yourself and also the public who comment without knowing the facts of what really goes on behind the scenes, it requires resilience to deal with.

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Notably, Raducanu seems to be speaking from a lot of experience as the 21-year-old has struggled on both fronts as of late. While the Briton has been hit with recurring injuries in the last two years, her performance has also nosedived, which has led to criticism.

Nevertheless, she is back competing on the tour and looks in good rhythm as of now. Raducanu has started the grass-court swing with a final qualification at the Nottingham Open. The Briton lost to compatriot Katie Boulter, but not before pushing the defending champion to her limits. The focus now shifts to Eastbourne International.

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