Emma Raducanu practicing at Roland Garros

Emma Raducanu ‘has put herself in a difficult position,’ says John McEnroe

John McEnroe says Emma Raducanu is making things needlessly difficult for herself as she continues to work without a coach.

Raducanu crashed out of the French Open in the second round on Wednesday to continue her struggles to assert herself on the WTA Tur since winning the US Open last season.

That was a historic win, with her becoming the first ever qualifier to win a major.

However, since then she has chopped and changed coaches with worrying regularity, and McEnroe does not believe that is helpful to her development.

“She has changed coaches three, four or five times which is unbelievable for someone who has just come off winning a major,” McEnroe told Eurosport when asked about Emma Raducanu.

“I think movement is an issue for her, obviously experience, she is still very young.

“She has sort of put herself in a difficult position because a lot is expected of her and with the people around her, we are not sure if she is comfortable with them just yet. Hopefully in the next year or two she will find that.

Emma Raducanu French open 2022

“Honestly, if I won the US Open having gone through qualifying, I wouldn’t have changed my coach at least for the next year, so I don’t understand that move.

“Obviously her parents are involved and they know more than I know. But this idea of a revolving door of coaches I just don’t think that’s good for any player, much less so for a player at this stage of her career.

“We have to wait and see and hopefully she finds someone she can stick with for a while.”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.