‘Try not to terrify her,’ Sloane Stephens’ former coach advises Emma Raducanu.
Kamau Murray has appealed to the tennis community to provide more early support to players like Emma Raducanu, Leylah Fernandez, and Coco Gauff.
Kamau Murray has urged the tennis community to show greater support for players like Emma Raducanu. After guiding Sloane Stephens to Grand Slam gold at the US Open in 2017, the well-respected tennis instructor has sent a plea to the tennis world following the recent teenage success observed at Flushing Meadows.
Raducanu made history last month when she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title at the age of 18, winning the US Open without dropping a set in ten matches.
In the final, she was joined by Leylah Annie Fernandez, a fellow adolescent who had her own Cinderella run in New York, defeating Naomi Osaka, Angie Kerber, Elina Svitolina, and Aryna Sabalenka before falling to Raducanu.
After achieving significant success so early in their individual careers, the pair have now joined Coco Gauff as young teenage tennis stars predicted to dominate the game in the future.
However, renowned tennis coach Kamau Murray has issued a warning to the tennis community, urging fans, pundits, and other players to make Raducanu, Fernandez, and Gauff’s situation less “threatening.”
“If you look at all three of those players, they all have a lot of room to grow.” “For them to have so much success so quickly while still having so much to grow on is a positive thing for them and for tennis,” Murray, who coached Stephens to her own US Open victory in 2017, said Tennis Channel.
“I think the one next step is when you have that much success so early, it may be a scary thing,” says the author.
After a comment Raducanu made following her opening loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich pleading for any available coaches with tour-level experience to come forward, the recent Chicago Tennis Festival tournament director said it was on the tennis support system to surround young players with experienced team members.
Murray went on to say, “We hear Emma Raducanu sort of pleading for assistance in her post-match interview yesterday, and I believe we’ve got to start from a player standpoint and the support staff.”