Ex British and Canadian tennis star Greg Rusedski sat down with GMB’s Richard Madeley to discuss what we can expect to see at the Australian Open. As the highly anticipated tennis tournament kicks off today Mr Rusedski discussed the pressure being put on young tennis star Emma Raducanu to outperform her opponents and win. Mr Rudeski defended the 19-year old rising tennis star, from people claiming she had to win otherwise she’ll be seen as a “one-trick pony”. The ex-tennis pro explained that other sports teams were not held to the same standard of being expected to win every sports tournament they entered.
Since Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia following a visa battle over his vaccination status.
The bookies have been claiming that now Djokovic is officially out of the competition 19-year-old rising tennis star Emma Raducanu is in good form for her first Australian Open.
As many people are hopeful to see a win from her.
Ms Raducanu broke her silence on Djokovic’s legal battle over visas to play in the Australian Open.
Ms Raducanu said: “I feel like the situation has taken away a little bit from the great tennis that’s been happening over this summer in Australia. For example, Andy Murray, he’s in the final tonight, which I think is pretty incredible. To see him come back and win and play so well, definitely rooting for him later on.”
Ms Raducan caught Covid-19 herself last month in Abu Dhabi last month and admits spending some time in isolation.
When asked how she had been preparing and how she managed during isolation with Covid-19, Ms Raducanu said: “The first few days were tough. I was happy to come out of isolation. Obviously, preparations haven’t been ideal. But in the last week, I have really enjoyed playing here. I couldn’t train before. If I had trained too much I would have got injured. Practice is heading in the right direction.
“It’s a challenge to try and find the balance of wanting to get out there and practice so much straight after coming out of isolation, but if you ever do it with the hours after not doing anything for 20 days, you always start picking up small niggles.
“I’m just trying to find that balance. The first week I wasn’t able to practice so much. But after Sydney, the match, it was just good to see where I was at that point in time. Afterwards, I went out to sharpen up a few things on the practice court.
“I’m actually feeling like there’s progress. All I want to see is that I’m getting slightly better and I have a better feeling. I think that gradually I’m getting there.”