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Emma Raducanu slams critics for ‘unfair’ comments during latest sponsorship deal

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu fell in the second round at the Miami Open (Image: TPN/Getty Images)

Emma Raducanu has hit back at criticism that her focus has shifted away from tennis amid a string of sponsorship deals.

The US Open winner is still struggling to find her best form this year – winning just two of her seven matches – and suffered a disappointing second-round loss to Katerina Sinaiakova at this week’s Miami Open.

An early exit from the tournament prompted some comments on social media suggesting she is distracted from her commitments outside of training.

Raducanu – who added Porsche to its growing list of sponsors in an announcement earlier this week – has set the record straight when it comes to criticism of her off-court business.

“You might see me signing this or that contract on the news or on social media and I feel like that’s quite misleading because I’m doing five, six hours a day (training) that I’m im Club am 12 hours a day,” Raducanu said.

“But I throw a post in the car on the way to practice and all of a sudden it’s like ‘I don’t focus on tennis’. I find that unfair, but I’ve learned to deal with it and have become a little less sensitive to outside noise.

“At the end of the day, I feel like my days (with sponsors) are pretty limited. I don’t do crazy days. I do three, four days every quarter, so it’s really not that much.

The British no. 1’s season has been hampered by injuries, while a coronavirus bout in the winter also hampered her preparations.

Raducanu hasn’t managed to match the level she showed in her maiden Grand Slam win at the US Open last year, but at 19 it’s only her first full season on the WTA Tour.

In order to avoid the criticism she is currently being met with, Raducanu admits that she tries to stay away from what people might be saying about her on social media.

“In the beginning, I probably glanced at what was said occasionally,” Raducanu added. “But now I don’t really bother because sometimes it’s not going to be that favorable or positive and I feel like it can get to you.” I’m just learning to make my skin a little thicker.

“For me I do these things but I train hard, I put in the hours and especially now I feel like I just need to get more volume and capacity. I do a lot and spend a lot of time in the club.

“Of course I’m so grateful for these deals, but my tennis is the focus. That’s definitely at the front of my head.’

MORE: Tim Henman gives honest verdict on Emma Raducanu’s disappointing Miami Open exit

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