John McEnroe feels Emma Raducanu is one of the best players in the world and he doubts that the 19-year-old would benefit from a break from tennis. Raducanu has had a difficult 2022 season as he has been struggling with her results and staying healthy has also been a very big problem for her.
Raducanu didn't enjoy a memorable grass season as she sustained a side injury in her first grass match of the year and retired injured in Nottingham. Raducanu was able to compete at WImbledon but she didn't make it far as she was ousted by Caroline Garcia in the second round.
“I don’t care how old she is, how inexperienced she is, she is better than the other players. So why would she sort of pull back and start over? Obviously there is a lot of expectation when you win a major, you are super excited, she is super talented, she seems like a great girl, marketer’s dream, she’s got sponsors," McEnroe said on the BBC’s 6-Love-6: Return of the Mac programme, per Tennis365.
McEnroe: Raducanu needs stability
McEnroe has made it clear several times that he is not a fan of Raducanu constantly changing coaches. Raducanu has changed four coaches over the last 12 months and McEnroe finds it a bit odd.
McEnroe was especially surprised when Raducanu decided to fire coach Andrew Richardson after winning the US Open. “She has switched, corrected me if I am wrong, four different coaches in the last year. That seems strange, especially dumping your coach when you’ve won something.
Just superstition alone I would not do that. You stick with that person for another major or two”. Meanwhile, Tim Henman suggested that Raducanu is still very young and that she will become a great player once she becomes more experienced.
"She is 19, she is going to be a phenomenal player, she is going to win many more big tournaments so she has to be patient as well," Henman said.