Former British No. 1 Andrew Castle thinks Emma Raducanu is a great talent and already a brilliant player but he insists everyone should be patient with her since she is still very young and her main focus should be on developing her game.
Raducanu, 19, was 18 when she put up a stunning run at this past US Open to become the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam. Raducanu won a total of 10 matches over three weeks -- all in straight sets -- to claim her maiden Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows.
Raducanu is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 19 in the world and the hype surrounding her is enormous. "This is the challenge of the coach and the team and for her. 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," Castle told Metro UK, as quoted on Tennis Up To Date.
Castle calls for patience on Raducanu
‘"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," Castle explained. Raducanu was seeking to hire an experienced coach and she ended up adding Torben Beltz to her team. Beltz guided Angelique Kerber to Grand Slam titles and a world No. 1 ranking.
"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," Castle concluded.