Emma Raducanu: Brit urged to work with renowned sports psychiatrist

Emma Raducanu, Ronnie O'Sullivan

Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan is the latest sportsperson to offer Emma Raducanu advice after her historic US Open victory.

The 18-year-old shocked the world when she claimed an unprecedented major victory in New York earlier this year, which catapulted her to global stardom.

Her meteoric rise led to invites to prestigious events, including the Met Gala and the premiere of the new James Bond film “No Time To Die.”

But despite enjoying success off the court of late, the British number one has struggled to replicate her US Open success, with huge amounts now expected of the young teenager.

The world number 21 has won just two matches since triumphing at Flushing Meadows and suffered a humbling straight-sets defeat to fellow teenager Marta Kostyuk in the Transylvania Open quarter-finals.



A number of former tennis professionals and other sports stars have attempted to give words of wisdom to the Brit as she aims to cope with the huge weight of expectation on her shoulders.

Tim Henman urged Raducanu to develop her game, while Andy Murray chose not to give any advice at all.

"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," the three-time major winner said in September.

However, this has not stopped snooker star O’Sullivan from offering his own suggestions to the 18-year-old.

The six-time world champion urged Raducanu to work with English psychiatrist Steve Peters, who is best known for his work with British cycling.

Peters has worked with O’Sullivan since 2011 and was recruited to help the England football team in 2014.

“I am watching Emma Raducanu and I am really worried as there seems to be a lot of pressure on her,” he told Eurosport.

“The best phone call she can make is to Steve Peters.

“I think at the moment it’s not her tennis ability, it’s just handling the stuff around it.”

O’Sullivan has dealt with mental struggles of his own throughout his career and has credited Peters with helping him deal with the pressure of elite sport.

Emma Raducanu

The 45-year-old acknowledged that Raducanu had bags of talent but that often you need someone to help you control the other factors at play.

“I have had stage fright at the World Championship: 15-10 up in the final and I can’t go out there.

“I’ve had to call Steve Peters, and he’s just left me 10 minutes ago.

“Emma Raducanu does not need to be told how to hit a tennis ball, sometimes you just need someone to tune in to you and handle the pressure.”

Raducanu did not manage to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals but will play one final time this year at the Upper Austria Linz tournament later this month.

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