Emma Raducanu 'has a different view of things' after skipping French Open to focus on Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu 'has a different view of things' after skipping French Open to focus on Wimbledon

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 27/05/2024

- 10:29

The 21-year-old isn't playing at Roland Garros this year

Former tennis star Barbara Schett believes Emma Raducanu often has a 'different view on things' after choosing to skip this year's French Open.

The 21-year-old has opted against playing at Roland Garros, with the Briton eager to compete at Wimbledon instead.

Some have questioned Raducanu's decision to skip the French Open, despite the youngster struggling for fitness in recent years.

Schett believes the 2021 US Open champion's decision was made easier by the fact she wasn't given a wildcard.

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu 'has a different view on things' as the tennis star hopes to play at Wimbledon


And she also believes Raducanu is confident in her own decision-making, though admits she sometimes has a 'different view on things'.

"I think because she didn’t get a wildcard for the main draw it would’ve made that decision a little bit easier for her," the former world No 7 told the Daily Express.

“She loves playing on grass. She always had interesting decisions.

"She has a different view on things a lot of the time but whatever works for her."

She added: “I think the grass court season is an important season for her.

"Obviously she’s going to play all the tournaments in Britain and Wimbledon is a highlight for her, that’s where she wants to play her best.

“And she always is a big believer that she gets her confidence in practice and she said 'yeah I want to do this long practice block now for three weeks and then be full of confidence'.”

Some fans would like to see Raducanu tinker with her schedule.

Though she wants to play in the biggest events, it would perhaps be in her best interests to play in some lower-tier tournaments instead.

And Schett thinks dropping down a level would suit Raducanu as she looks to get back to her brilliant best.

“I think that sometimes it would be good for her, if you look at her schedule this year she played all the big events, she got wildcards," continued the Austrian.

"Maybe it’s good to play a little bit of a smaller event to get those matches in.

“Because practice is important, when you’re fit and everything it gives you a lot of confidence.

"But at the end of the day you need to play matches, that’s where you get confidence as well.

"It’s her decision, obviously she knows what’s best for her and her team and we’ll see how she goes on the grass.”


Emma Raducanu is missing from this year's French Open with the youngster focusing on Wimbledon instead


With Raducanu opting to skip the French Open, she's enjoyed some time with her friends.

The 21-year-old has taken to social media to show off snaps from her personal life.

And Raducanu recently revealed that she was previously banned from having boyfriends while growing up, while also admitting she couldn't even hang out with her 'girlfriends' as well.

"My parents were very much against [boyfriends] as it interfered with training," she told The Times.

"When I was younger I wasn’t even allowed to hang out with my girlfriends.

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu missed Wimbledon last year due to injury


"A lot of the time I was very resentful.

"But it made me very confident and comfortable in my own company, which is also a big strength."

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