Mats Wilander: Emma Raducanu doesn't have respect of locker room yet

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Mats Wilander: Emma Raducanu doesn't have respect of locker room yet

Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander said Emma Raducanu "does not have the respect in the locker room yet" and it will take more than just one US Open title to get that. Raducanu hasn't performed well since winning the US Open as she is just 2-4.

Raducanu is currently on a three-match losing streak. “The second week of majors is something she needs to be aiming at pretty much all the time,” believes Wilander, speaking exclusively to Tennis365 at a Eurosport/discovery+ event.

“She doesn’t have the respect in the locker room yet though. You don’t win respect by winning one major and winning nothing else”.

'Opponents need to see Raducanu can be good even on her worse day'

Raducanu delivered a poor performance in her season opener as Elena Rybakina dismantled the Briton 6-0 6-1 in the Sydney first round.

“Mentally it’s not that easy to suddenly create some kind of artificial confidence from winning a major,” Wilander added. “I won my first major when I was very young, at 17-year-old. I knew I had beaten the best players in the world along the way and my confidence level got really high.

That was because I’d done something before I won the French Open as well. “For her (Raducanu), getting the fourth round of Wimbledon was amazing, but I think she needs a few more matches under her belt so the locker room sees she can be good, even on her worse day.

“We were looking for stories on the women’s side of the game and then we had Naomi Osaka before Emma and Leylah Fernandez came along. The way they behaved on court stole everybody’s heart and it was too good to be true.

“Why did she win? (the US Open). Some of the players she faced along the way like Maria Sakkari, this was their chance and they couldn’t step up to the plate. “You can have a good two weeks on tour these days and it was much harder to do that years ago when power was not an issue”. It remains to be seen how will Raducanu perform in her US Open debut.