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Andy Murray sends Emma Raducanu message in shot to former British tennis stars

Daily Mirror
 26 days ago

Sir Andy Murray has revealed he wasn't interested in the advice of former British tennis players early on in his career as he spoke about what Emma Raducanu will likely have to deal with after winning the US Open.

Murray, who like the teenage sensation won his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows, has pledged to help the star when needed but also advised her to ignore the constant advice from ex-pros.

"I never really liked it when all of the ex-British tennis players were always wading in after every win and loss about what you should be doing, what you shouldn't be doing," Murray, 34, told BBC Sport .

"And a lot of them also giving advice when you haven't asked for it as well.

"I found it incredibly irritating - and still do today. I don't want to be that person."

Raducanu, 18, shot to superstardom when she beat Canada's Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 to become the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam title. Her success also ended a 44-year wait for a British woman to win a major title, dating back to Virginia Wade's triumph at Wimbledon in 1977.
Andy Murray has offered his help to Emma Raducanu ( Image: JUSTIN LANE/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Despite his reservations about her being overloaded with advice, Murray has vowed to help the new British No 1 whenever is necessary.

"What Emma has achieved is incredible and I hope she goes on to do more amazing things in the sport," Murray said.

"If she ever wants to talk, or her family, obviously I would always be there on the end of the phone.

"But I don't want to be that guy after every loss or win just wading in and giving my opinion on what she should or shouldn't be doing differently, because it's not helpful."

Murray himself knows all about droughts in British tennis, having ended a 76-year wait for a men's singles title with his US Open win in 2012. A year later, he became the first British men's player to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936, a title he then won for a second time in 2016.

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Emma Raducanu won the US Open earlier this month ( Image: Getty Images)

And he's now urged tennis chiefs to try and build on Raducanu's stunning success.

"For a country that hosts the biggest tennis tournament in the world, and is certainly not lacking in money, that's not really good enough.

"Now should be an opportunity to try to make sure that it's not another huge wait again. They need to try to take the opportunity."

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