Former British tennis player John Lloyd says he does not expect Emma Raducanu to do well at Wimbledon. Raducanu sustained a side injury in her first grass match and hasn't played since. On Friday, Raducanu called off her scheduled practice on Wimbledon.
“Let’s presume she is going to play and if she does what she does last year and gets to the last-16, that would be a big bonus,” Lloyd told Tennis365. “Anything after that would be a magnificent feat and I personally don’t think it’s going to happen.
If it does, that would be great, but I don’t think she is in a position right now to have a big run at Wimbledon. She had a Rocky style entrance to the tennis world and all of a suddent she is a mega star. It’s a big jump for her.
I think she has reacted pretty well overall. People thought she could keep winning, but that wasn’t realistic. Her body is not accustomed to the brutality of the tour and she is playing catch-up."
Lloyd: I think Raducanu will do more great things
Raducanu made tennis history when she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam but she hasn't had any triumphs since and some are calling her a "one-Slam wonder."
“I’m not a big fan of the roundabout of coaching she has gone through, but I don’t think she is a one-Slam wonder. I think she will win more, but it will take her time to sort it out and learn the ropes a little bit more," Lloyd added.
Raducanu has been handed a tricky Wimbledon opener as she faces Alison van Uytvanck in the first round. Last year, Raducanu reached the Wimbledon last-16 as a wildcard. Now, Raducanu is the 11th-ranked player in the world and the top-ranked British female player. The expectations are now way bigger on Raducanu than they were last year.