Emma Raducanu has been advised not to watch the French Open by former British No 1 Laura Robson in order to avoid becoming a ‘glutton for punishment’. The 20-year-old will miss Paris’ Grand Slam after undergoing three different surgeries on three separate injuries and Robson believes a complete ‘mental break’ from tennis will help her come back stronger.
Robson, who suffered from several injuries during her own tennis career, explained how watching the sport during her various injury layoffs caused her more harm than good.
“I always watched it, actually,” Robson told the Telegraph when asked if she still kept up with tennis when she was injured. “Yeah, probably not the best decision. You have so much Fomo [fear of missing out] all the time. Like, everyone was playing these huge matches, and I just wanted to see what the level was. I wanted to see the storylines unfold, I was always a tennis fan first and foremost
“Almost every player that I know, when they get back from a long day at Wimbledon, they switch on the TV and they watch more tennis. Maybe you have a multi-screen going on at once during the early rounds. Even though it can be draining, everyone’s a glutton for punishment.”
Emma Radacanu will miss the French Open and Wimbledon as she recovers from surgery
She added: “It seems like Emma is having a bit of a break, which is probably quite nice after going non-stop from the US Open all the way through. The rehab after an operation is never easy. So in this first stage where you actually can’t do very much, I think it’s so important to relax a little bit.”
Raducanu has struggled with a number of injuries ever since she clinched the US Open title as a qualifier in 2021. The breathtaking victory propelled her to international fame but the young star has failed to replicate the same successes in the last two years.
Laura Robson has advised Emma Radacanu to take a complete ‘mental break’ from tennis
Fans are hopeful that recent operations to her two wrists and ankle will help her bounce back better than ever having recently slumped to 106th in the WTA rankings. Raducanu opted to go under the knife after she was forced to withdraw from the Madrid Open in April due to an injury on her right hand.
Taking to Instagram at the time, she wrote: “It is safe to say the last ten months have been difficult as I dealt with a recurring injury on a bone of both hands. I tried my best to manage the pain and play through it for most of this year and end of last year by reducing practice load dramatically, missing weeks of training as well as cutting last season short to try to heal it.
“Unfortunately, it is not enough. I’m having a minor procedure done on both hands to resolve the issues. I’m disappointed to share that I will be out for the next few months and while I am at it will have another minor procedure that is due on my ankle.”
Raducanu recently confirmed that she will miss both the French Open and Wimbledon following her medical procedures.