Tim Henman: It's been hard but I love Emma Raducanu's attitude and work ethic

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Tim Henman: It's been hard but I love Emma Raducanu's attitude and work ethic

Former British No. 1 Tim Henman loves the attitude and work ethic of Emma Raducanu as he has urged everyone to be patient with Emma Raducanu. Raducanu suffered a 6-0 6-1 loss to Elena Rybakina in her first match of the season but beat 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens in her Melbourne opener.

After being hampered by blisters, Raducanu suffered a surprise loss to Danka Kovinic in the Australian Open second round. “It's been a pretty challenging start to the year for Raducanu,” Henman told Eurosport.

“But I loved her competitive spirit. I thought she did absolutely brilliantly to come through the match against Stephens, and I'm sure that would have given her a big boost of confidence just to get that match under her belt, but then she had another spanner in the works with blisters on her hands [against Kovinic]."

Henman loves Raducanu's attitude and work ethic

“So it’s been hard, but I love her attitude. I love her work ethic. There are going to be lots of opportunities ahead for Raducanu," Henman continued. “I think it's a similar conversation with a lot of young players like Jannik Sinner or Carlos Alcaraz.

We need to be patient. “Emma is the least experienced of all these players, she's barely played a handful of professional tournaments and is only in her third Grand Slam. “Yes, she's already won one, but she certainly needs time to develop and learn her trade and improve all aspects of a game and if she does that, then sure she's going to win many more big titles in the future”.

Henman suggests the clay season could help Raducanu since there will be less pressure and expectation on her. “I think there will be less pressure and expectation,” said Henman. “Raducanu has played so little tennis on clay in her career let alone on the main tour.

So that is going to be another massive steep learning curve - and again it seems acceptable to give her more time to learn on clay."