Emma Raducanu 'no different to any other young player' in terms of injuries, says Judy Murray

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Judy Murray has offered her advice to Emma Raducanu, saying her son Andy Murray suffered similar problems at the same stage of his career. Raducanu became the first qualifier to ever win a major at the US Open last year with her being catapulted to instant global prominence as a result. It hasn't gone all that well since then, though, with her struggling with niggling injuries this season. The latest of those came in Nottingham where she withdrew in the middle of her opening match because of a musculature problem. That has left her sweating over her chances of making it to Wimbledon, but Judy Murray has told her that patience - and preparation - is key. "I remember when Andy [Murray] was making the step up from the juniors to the ATP tour," she wrote in the Telegraph. "He had a number of recurring physical problems. In particular, he suffered from a lot of cramping. His body was perfectly ready for the demands of the lower rungs of the circuit but not necessarily for the heavier hitting, the longer, more rigorous rallies and stronger opponents he came up against on the tour." Judy Murray also appeared to advise Emma Raducanu to settle on a new coach sooner rather than later so she has someone to take care of her conditioning for her.

"Players often have shared access to physios at WTA and ATP events but I cannot understate how crucial it is to have someone who knows a player's body, style of play and understands the physical demands of tennis.

Emma Raducanu facing anxious Wimbledon wait
Emma Raducanu facing anxious Wimbledon wait

"The further you get up the tree, the tougher it is on both the mind and body. "But on the physical side, you have to start to look at the other factors that can influence performance - sleep, nutrition and psychology are all part of that package." However, while Murray believes there is perhaps more than Raducanu could be doing, she says a lot of her problems simply come down to nature and will resolve themselves with patience. "What's becoming increasingly clear is that Raducanu's body needs time to mature," Murray said. "If you strip away the fact she was catapulted into this amazing success following her US Open triumph last September, she is no different to any other young player in the sense that her body needs time to fill out, become more robust and resilient. "It's a process that simply doesn't happen overnight, especially when the physical demands on her body are at an all-time high."

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