After her success at the US Open in 2021, Emma Raducanu has struggled to consistently play at her best and is having a difficult season. In recent months, the British player has been under fire for signing many sponsorship agreements with some of the most prestigious brands in the world, including Tiffany & Co., Dior, Porsche, and Vodafone UK.
Some tennis insiders have voiced their opinions by commenting on her most recent matches on her website, claiming that the player born in 2002 would have given off-court matters more weight than tournaments played.
Emma Raducanu choose a Russian coach, shocking the UK
The wonderful chance to smile on the tennis court once more will arrive in America. After shocking the tennis world by winning her first Grand Slam match at the US Open, Raducanu is determined to replicate the feat at Flushing Meadows.
However, Raducanu found himself in the center of the controversy surrounding the selection of the new coach even before the start of the year’s final major. In reality, the British have made the decision to temporarily rely on Dmitry Tursunov, the former coach of Anett Kontaveit and Aryna Sabalenka.
The Washington WTA tournament will mark the start of the trial term. This Russian decision was not well received by the British administration, and a serious political controversy resulted. A Labor Party MP named Chris Bryant frankly criticized Raducanu to the Telegraph: “This choice will serve as a cue for the Kremlin’s propaganda that Britain is not very concerned about the conflict in Ukraine.
Emma’s plan would be regrettable, so I kindly beg her to critically think it over and oppose Putin’s heinous war.” We’ll see if Raducanu’s performance in the United States is impacted by the controversy that has erupted in Great Britain.
She will have to defend the US Open title, which won’t be an easy assignment given all the circumstances and difficulties she is facing on the court.