Emma in Prague. Sensations in decline, sponsors still flock. Critics and harassers on the scene

Emma in Prague.  Sensations in decline, sponsors still flock.  Stage critics and harassers;  image source: Reuters

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Emma in Prague. Sensations in decline, sponsors still flock. Stage critics and harassers; image source: Reuters

Critics accuse him of preferring marketing and social events to training, signing one lucrative endorsement deal after another. This week, however, the 19-year-old Toronto, Canada native is hard at work on Prague’s Štvanice until clay is dusted behind her sneakers.

On Friday and Saturday, he will play as Britain’s number one in the fight for the Billie Jean King Cup final tournament against domestic favorites Czech.

Seven months ago in New York, she shocked the sports world without exaggeration. She won the Grand Slam title as a second-hundred player and as the first qualifier in history. She became the first tennis player in history to win ten matches in a single tournament. Moreover, without losing the set and without a single tie-break.

It immediately turned into a goldmine, and it’s no surprise that a gaggle of top companies eager for cooperation turned to the daughter of a Romanian father and a Chinese mother.

While she recently lost in the second round to the Czech Kateřina Siniaková in Miami, and in the same week she announced a partnership with the car manufacturer Porsche, especially on social networks.

“You can see on the news or on the networks that I signed such and such a contract, which is terribly misleading because I train for five or six hours a day. I spend twelve hours a day at the club,” said Raducanu in the British media. .

“I share a picture of the car when I go to practice, and suddenly everyone writes to me to focus on tennis. It’s not fair. I spend very little time with sponsors” , muse of Evian, Dior, Tiffany and Co. continued. , Vodafone or British Airways.

Raducanu is rapidly building his brand and is already earning more in advertising than tennis.

“I’m grateful for the contracts, but my main focus is on tennis. It’s clearly my priority,” she said at the end of March.

The save came from world tennis icon Chris Evert. On the contrary, she praised Raducan for his enormous pressure.

“Being a superstar in England is the hardest thing in the world for athletes. Even worse than in America. The boulevard in England is brutal, relentless, you have to have hippopotamus skin and Emma handles it well. It works hard and it’s hard to turn down advertising opportunities “The winner of eighteen Grand Slam tournaments” told Eurosport.

According to Evert, Raducan has an experience that virtually no one before her has had.

“Winning a Grand Slam when you’re not in a hundred? It’s crazy to follow. But there’s a great game and a great approach. I’m not worried about that,” said added the tennis legend.

However, another former American star, Pam Shriver, doubted the Raducan would soon be able to follow up the remarkable and lightning-fast rise.

“The only thing that stays the same is her name and the sport she plays. Everything else has changed for her. And if you’re a teenager, there may be too many changes. I’d be surprised if she was still in her top 20 at the end of the year,” she said.

Everything the 19-year-old has come across in the past year has been compounded by the dark sides of the giant’s popularity.

Since last November, the new global superstar has been persecuted by a 35-year-old devotee. He spent his weeks with his parents in London, leaving them unsolicited gifts and messages of love. Before Christmas, he decorated the tree in front of his house with Christmas lights, and Raducanu turned to court after several awkward meetings.

She said she felt deprived of her freedom. Stalker received a five-year rest ban, community service, and an electronic ankle bracelet.

The nineteen-year-old is getting used to a whole new life and you know it on the courts. She has played in eight tournaments since the US Open and won only four matches. There were also health issues in his back and left hip.

“I have to step up and learn to be patient. Those who follow me also have to be patient,” the current world-ranked 12th player told fans and critics.

In Prague, he will play the role of team leader, with clay, which will be played at the Štvanice in Prague, but he has absolutely minimal experience. In the statistics, he has not played a single official match between the women on the orange grain.

“But if someone wins the Grand Slam, he will probably be dangerous,” said Czech captain Petr Pála. “It’s a different game, of course, and we have to get inside her head. But the girl has a huge future,” he added.

British tennis players in training in Štvanice:

Britain’s captain Anne Keothavong has admitted Raducanu is going through a tough time.

“There has been and there is a lot of noise around her. She is learning to work with it. She has to get used to the attention and the expectations associated with the Grand Slam winner. She is a smart girl, I have no doubt she can handle it,” she said.

After reaching the Roland Garros final in 2019, the then 19-year-old Czech number one, Markéta Vondroušová, suffered a similar burden. “But about a thousand times more is happening around her. I feel really sorry for her. It’s hard to stay so young,” Vondroušová confirmed.

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