Boris Becker reveals his worries for Emma Raducanu after Briton's multiple surgeries
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Boris Becker thinks Emma Raducanu's surgeries are "career-threatening" but noted the 20-year-old is a very talented player who can win a Grand Slam again. This month, Raducanu announced she was having surgeries on both hands and her left ankle.
For quite some time, Raducanu was hampered by wrist issues. “The surgeries that she has had are, in my opinion, career-threatening. Having surgery on your playing wrist, and as a two-handed player, the other wrist – and then on your ankle – is tough to bear for a young woman," Becker told The Guardian.
Raducanu wrote tennis history when she became the first-ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam at the 2021 US Open. Since then, Raducanu hasn't won any titles. But at the US Open two years ago, Raducanu was just an 18-year-old qualifier who felt no expectations or pressure.
"Tennis is a completely different game when you go into court and you have nothing to lose. Anybody can play then. It’s a whole different sport when you become the hunted," Becker noted.
Becker believes Raducanu could again win a Grand Slam
Shortly after winning the 2021 US Open, Raducanu started experiencing form and injury issues.
Some believe that Raducanu's frequent coaching changes played a big factor in her struggles. Becker is refusing to talk without knowing all the details and also noted that Raducanu found herself in a challenging position as all the attention was thrown at her after her stunning US Open win.
“I’m not in her inner circle so I don’t know all the things that went off, although I’ve seen the coaching changes. But as a young woman, all of a sudden being on top of the mountain, you have to really dig in and find the resources and the team around you to guide you through the next 10 years.
It's about mindset and talent, team, approach and circumstances. She’s not the first one who wasn’t able to do it. And she won’t be the last. But if she was good enough to win a grand slam [title] once, she’s good enough to win one again," Becker said.