2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has advises Emma Raducanu to reach out to Maria Sharapova and seek some advice and tips from the Russian who was in the Briton’s situation nearly 20 decades ago. Sharapova was just 17 when she lifted her maiden Grand Slam title and soon the top ranking followed and the lucrative sponsorship and endorsement deals.
Now, Raducanu is a 19-year-old Grand Slam champion and one of the most marketable tennis players. Raducanu has struggled with her game since her US Open victory and some blame the sponsorship commitments for her poor results.
After winning her first Grand Slam title, Sharapova was a great player for many more years and finished her career with five Major titles.
Bartoli: Raducanu should seek advice from Sharapova
“For Emma, because she won so young, obviously with all the contracts and sponsorships she has signed, the pressure she has to face – I mean, I cannot start to imagine it,” Bartoli told Eurosport.
“It is so massive. It takes someone so special to handle it. She probably should maybe get some advice from Maria Sharapova, who has been able to do it. It took Maria a little bit of time before she got the second one (grand slam) but then she went on to five in total.
You have to be kind with yourself. Give yourself a little bit of time. You just need to get those strong results every time, it might not be winning, but quarters, semis, maybe a final.” Raducanu is represented by Sharapova’s agent Max Eisenbud.
In a recent interview with Eurosport, Eisenbud strongly denied that sponsorship commitments are negativly affecting Raducanu in any way possible. Raducanu didn’t impress in front of her home fans at Wimbledon as she suffered a second round defeat to Caroline Garcia.
Now, Raducanu is taking some time off and she is expected to return to action at the Citi Open in Washington in early August.