Emma Raducanu offers Luke Littler same advice as Ronnie O’Sullivan | Tennis | Sport

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Emma Raducanu offers Luke Littler same advice as Ronnie O’Sullivan | Tennis | Sport

Emma Raducanu has told Luke Littler to enjoy his shock success but warned her fellow teenage prodigy: “Keep your circle close.” The British tennis star made history by becoming the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam at the 2021 US Open when the then 18-year-old was ranked world No.150.

Luke the Nuke nearly equalled the feat at the PDC Darts World Championship when the world No.164 reached the final at the age of 16. The tennis star, now 21, climbed into the world’s top ten but is now down at world No.299 after two years dogged by injuries and changes to her coaching regime.

She has also attracted criticism for the number of commercial endorsements she has signed. Raducanu, who flew to New Zealand on Christmas Eve, will play her first Grand Slam match in a year when she faces American Shelby Rogers in the first round of the Australian Open.

Asked about Littler, the Bromley-based star said: “I didn’t watch the darts – my friend just sent me a picture of the boy who was like 16, who lost in the final. She was like, ‘I can’t believe this guy’s only 16 years old.’

“What advice would I give him?  I would just say, ‘Keep your circle close, take time to actually enjoy it and don’t rush into the next thing straightaway.’”

It follows similar advice given to Littler by seven-time snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, who said: “I think if I had my time again, I’d probably take the [Stephen] Hendry route and just be always around an [Sir] Alex Ferguson-type figure.

“I’d definitely choose to do things differently. So, [I’d say to Littler] just keep your feet on the ground if you can and just keep good people around.”

Raducanu’s camp stopped working with German coach Sebastian Sachs during an eight-month injury lay-off and is Down Under with her childhood coach Nick Cavaday and her mum Renee. Her business affairs are now handled by super agent Max Eisenbud, the vice president of tennis at her agency IMG.

Raducanu practised with Jodie Burrage today and the British No.2 said: “She was absolutely creaming the ball. She was proper going for it. It was a good practice actually. Played some good points.

“It’s nice to see her back on the court, back playing some really good stuff as well. It will be really interesting to see what she does this week. She’s hitting the ball really, really well.

“I’m excited for her. Hopefully she can stay healthy. I think that’s her ultimate goal. If she does, then the results will come.”

Cet article est apparu en premier en ANGLAIS sur https://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/1854839/Emma-Raducanu-Luke-Littler-Ronnie-O-Sullivan-tennis-darts-snooker


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