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‘It cannot happen’ – Andrew Castle calls for patience over Emma Raducanu’s next steps


Emma Raducanu is currently the world No.19 (Picture: Flaviu Buboi/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Former British No.1 Andrew Castle says expectation Emma Raducanu will continue her meteoric rise in the immediate future is unreasonable.

While he does think the US Open champion is ‘already brilliant’ he hopes over the next two to three years the 19-year-old’s main focus will be on developing her game.

Raducanu burst onto the scene at Wimbledon earlier this year as she reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in her first ever Grand Slam appearance.

Few could have predicted just a few months later she’d become the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam as she went the entire tournament without dropping a set to be crowned champion in New York.

Since then, Raducanu has enjoyed mixed fortunes that saw her suffer an early exit at Indian Wells followed by a run to the quarter-finals at the Transylvania Open.

The British No.1 has now linked up with Angelique Kerber’s former coach Torben Beltz ahead of embarking on her first full season on the WTA Tour next year.

Castle has urged Raducanu not to worry about any early exits she suffers in upcoming tournaments and instead turn her attention to making improvements to her game that will ultimately make her a better player in the coming years.

Emma Raducanu will be hoping to kick on next year (Picture: Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images for matchmaker)

‘This is the challenge of the coach and the team and for her,’ Castle told Metro.co.uk at a Game4Padel event.

‘Think about the right things as she develops over the next two to three years and not care about what anybody else says.

‘Just work on the tennis, work on her game. The money’s in the bank for forever and a day.

‘These sorts of considerations are completely gone, now just develop your game over the next two to three years and don’t start thinking “well I’ve lost two or three first rounders”, just think “is my game developing?”‘

‘It’s going to become a very dull story in a way because we’re expecting her to sort of meteorically continue… it just cannot happen. There are ups and downs.

‘When do you think she’s going to be at her very best? If she stays motivated, probably not for another two or three years and she’s already brilliant. What an arrival.’

*Andrew Castle and Annabel Croft are ambassadors for Game4Padel, along with former world number one Andy Murray. Game4Padel is the UK’s fastest growing padel business in the fastest growing sport in the world.


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