British tennis player Andy Murray revealed he would not be "irritating" and offer unsolicited advice to US Open winner Emma Raducanu.
Raducanu shot to prominence after winning the US Open earlier this week, defeating Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in the final at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 18-year-old became the first qualifier, male or female, to earn a Grand Slam title, and the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title since Virginia Wade in 1977. Raducanu made history in style, not dropping a single set on her way to victory.
The teenage talent has now risen to 23rd in the world and is enjoying the perks of international stardom, attending the Met Gala last week alongside Naomi Osaka, Serena and Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova.
Speaking before his match against Ugo Humbert at the Moselle Open in Metz, Murray revealed he "would always be there on the end of the phone" if Raducanu wanted advice. But he said he would not wade in with his opinion.
"I never really liked it when all of the ex-British tennis players were always wading in after every win and loss about what you should be doing, what you shouldn't be doing, and a lot of them also giving advice when you haven't asked for it as well," he said.
"I found it incredibly irritating - and still do today. I don't want to be that person.
"What Emma has achieved is incredible and I hope she goes on to do more amazing things in the sport, and if she ever wants to talk, or her family, obviously I would always be there on the end of the phone.
"But I don't want to be that guy after every loss or win just wading in and giving my opinion on what she should or shouldn't be doing differently, because it's not helpful."
The 34-year-old Murray has three Grand Slam titles to his name, triumphing at the US Open in 2012, before winning Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016. He finished 2016 as men’s world number one after beating Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals.
Murray has struggled with injury since 2016, but is aiming to build his fitness this season.
Another Grand Slam victory is unlikely, however, and Murray has reiterated the need for British tennis to build on Raducanu’s triumph.
"On the men’s side, it was 77 years' wait for someone to win a grand slam and women’s, it’s been 44 years, and for a country that hosts the biggest tennis tournament in the world and it certainly not lacking in money, that’s not really good enough," he said.
"Now should be an opportunity to try to make sure that it’s not another huge wait again. They need to try to take the opportunity."News Now - Sport News