3:00 p.m., June 26, 2022
It is an understatement to say that the English tennis fan approaches the fortnight delighted. Andy Murray, finalist in Stuttgart, redid the icing at the proper time, simply earlier than his 14th Wimbledon. And then there's Emma Raducanu's second, seen as a candy promise. A yr in the past, a younger woman in tears, she had moved the nation when she left Center Court, sufferer of respiratory issues in the spherical of 16 of a match which had simply opened its victories counter. Before, in a short time, to bluff the world by blowing on the US Open.
Not a set misplaced on the highway to glory and reminders of historical past: the first Briton to win a Grand Slam in forty-four years, the first participant to qualify for such a celebration. What propel her, at simply 19 years outdated, sports activities persona of the yr in line with the BBC, forward of boxer Tyson Fury or footballer Raheem Sterling. Elegant sport, photo voltaic face. A star was born.
Emma Raducanu has a waning tomorrow
If the studying of the WTA rating (eleventh, towards 338th final yr at the identical date) can't betray the fairy story, a subtitle now imposes itself: Emma Raducanu has a faltering tomorrow. Simply put, she has by no means gained greater than two matches in a row. The physique has not all the time put in its personal, forcing it once more this month to restrict its preparation on the grass to seven video games, on the facet of Nottingham.
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But it's above all the backstage reversals that elevate questions. A coach fired after the revelation at Wimbledon, one other after the New York consecration, a 3rd at the finish of April. The reality of the princess? During her temporary stint at Roland-Garros (2nd spherical), she conceded: “I make a lot of decisions for myself. When I believe something, I can be stubborn. In this case, I have no limit. »
The entry ticket to be a sponsor of Raducanu is estimated at 1 million euros
The most treacherous will say that it has none on the marketing side either. The source of victories may have dried up, but the sponsors' tap is still flowing for this only daughter of executives in the City, a Romanian and a Chinese. Not really the SME category: last week, HSBC joined, among others, Dior, Porsche, Vodafone, Evian, British Airways or even Tiffany & Co. All delighted to be exposed in front of its 2.4 million Instagram subscribers, compared to 10,000 before the US Open. The entry ticket is estimated at 1 million euros, at the very least.
Since the spring, the distance from sporting and pecuniary curves has fueled the shortcut: the young lady would scatter. She finds it unfair. “You may see me, on social media or elsewhere, signing this or that contract, but it's misleading. I'm posting on the way to the club, and suddenly it means I'm not focusing on tennis. »
We must therefore deal with new expectations, sometimes also with malicious looks: in February, a man who harassed her to her home was sentenced to a ban on approaching her for five years. The court in Bromley, on the outskirts of London, pointed out that the player had felt that her “freedom had been snatched away from her and she had to constantly look over her shoulder”. The younger lady is discreet about her personal life, nevertheless it would not take a lot for the movie star press to script her. Recently by inviting Fabio Quartararo, on the pretext of imprecise exchanges on Instagram and a ardour for velocity and mechanics. She swears that the horizon will not be blurred.
“I do know what I'm doing, she assured this month in Nottingham. I'm 19 and I've already gained a Grand Slam, so I'm taking my time to place issues in place, as a result of I do know my motivation hasn't wavered. » As an enormous brother, Andy Murray requires “don't judge her too harshly”. And John McEnroe, as an knowledgeable, to be cautious of it: “He's an enormous expertise. It can be ridiculous to underestimate her at Wimbledon. » First component of response from Monday towards the Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck, extra harmful than her rating signifies (forty sixth).