EMMA RADUCANU has admitted she sometimes wishes she had never won the 2021 US Open – because her life has gotten so crazy.
And the British sporting superstar says the tennis tour is an unsafe place and she is constantly “on the alert” to avoid the gold-mining “sharks” who see her as a “piggy bank”.
Almost two years ago, the 20-year-old rose to worldwide fame when she won the New York Major on her debut at age 18 without dropping a set.
That sensational victory netted a winner’s check of £1.8million and since then she’s made millions more from top-notch endorsements and sponsorship deals.
Still, she couldn’t live up to the hype since those wonderful days in the Big Apple.
Since that fairytale tale, Raducanu has struggled to find a unified form and has suffered from all sorts of physical problems and ailments.
Raducanu – who still lives with her parents – added: “In that moment on the pitch, celebrating, I thought: I would literally trade any fight in the world for this moment.”
“Anything can come my way, I take it for what I have right now because that’s the best thing in the world.”
“I promised myself that day on the pitch. Since then I have experienced many setbacks, one after the other.”
“I’m resilient, my tolerance is high, but it’s not easy. And sometimes I think to myself, I wish I had never won the US Open, I wish that hadn’t happened.”
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“Then I thought, ‘Remember that feeling, remember that promise, because it was totally pure.’
Raducanu will miss Wimbledon next month as she recovers from THREE surgeries in 13 days.
The Kent star – ranked No. 130 in the world – has had surgery on his left hand, one on his right hand and one on his left ankle.
During that long stint on the sidelines, she was able to recover and break away from the relentless 24/7 tennis track.
Raducanu told that Sunday Times Style Magazine that she is now more careful as a person since she has been burned by various episodes and individuals.
She said: “When I won, I was extremely naive.
“What has become clear to me over the last two years, the tour and everything that goes with it is not a very nice, trusting and safe space.”
“You have to be careful because there are a lot of sharks out there.
“I think people in the industry, especially me because I was 19 and now I’m 20, see me as a piggy bank.”
“It was difficult to find your way around. I’ve burned myself a few times. I have learned to keep the circle as small as possible.”
Raducanu is currently without a coach, having recently parted ways with Germany’s Sebastian Sachs following their sacking.
She’s had a number of different trainers over the years and news of her trigger-happy nature has even reached Buckingham Palace!
When she received her MBE from King Charles III last November. picked up, His Majesty asked, “So have you found a trainer?”
She said, “I was like, ‘That’s a good joke!’ It was so funny, I laughed because everyone was mad at me because I didn’t have a coach.
“I thought, ‘I’m honored that you know that.'”