Emma Raducanu has ruled out any socialising and admitted to spending 12 HOURS a day hitting the gym and practising on the courts at Melbourne Park as she continues her quest for a second successive Grand Slam triumph
- GB star Emma Raducanu is spending 12 hours a day on the courts and at the gym
- She is eager to pick up another Grand Slam after her historic win at the US Open
- She beat her America opponent Sloane Stephens 6-0 2-6 6-1 in the first-round
- Raducanu has also praised her coach for bringing positive energy to sessions
Emma Raducanu has been spending 12 hours a day training at Melbourne Park to boost her chances of securing another Grand Slam.
Raducanu – who captured the hearts of the nation last year with her historic US Open triumph – says she has been working hard in the gym and on the courts in Australia.
The GB star – who has progressed through to the second-round of the Australian Open – and hopes her work behind closed doors will help her pull off another sensational victory.
Emma Raducanu (above) has been spending 12 hours a day training at Melbourne Park
Raducanu says she’s not been socialising and that she had been in the gym and on the courts
The 19-year-old marked her first Grand Slam appearance since her historic US Open triumph last year by beating Sloane Stephens 6-0 2-6 6-1 in the first-round.
She lost just four points in a startling first set that lasted just 17 minutes before the 2017 US Open champion regrouped to win the second.
That set up a first ever decider at this level for Raducanu. However, it proved to be no issue for the GB star as she kept her cool to clinch victory after an hour and 45 minutes.
Raducanu was quick to return to the training ground after her victory and even admitted to spending 12 hours a day at the Melbourne complex.
When asked if she spending her time in the player lounge, Raducanu said she did not have much time for socialising. Instead, Raducanu said she is spending her time in the gym and on the courts.
The GB star – who has progressed through to the second-round of the Australian Open – and hopes her work behind closed doors will help her pull off another sensational victory
The US Open champion told reporters: ‘I don’t even like hang out and talk to anyone. I’m just doing training.
‘Then in between having lunch, recovery, and then training again. And then gym and then more recovery. So I’m here from like, 8.30 to 7.30. I don’t know what’s happening!’.
Raducanu also revealed that her new coach has been rewarding her ‘good behaviour’ with treats at the Australian Open.
Torben Beltz – who is known for making bets with his former players on how far they will go in tournaments – has been buying Raducanu mints and frozen yoghurt.
Raducanu said: ‘No forfeits yet. He does reward me for good behaviour. If I do a drill well he will bribe me with some mints. Apparently that is my thing!
‘And acai bowls and frozen yoghurt. I think I’ve racked up like three acai bowls from him – not gonna lie.’
The 19-year-old marked her first Grand Slam appearance since her historic US Open triumph last year by beating Sloane Stephens (right) 6-0 2-6 6-1 in the first-round
Raducanu also revealed that her new coach Torben Beltz (above) has been rewarding her ‘good behaviour’ with treats at the Australian Open
Raducanu – who is playing her third Grand Slam with her third different coach – says she is enjoying Beltz’s coaching style.
She says the German coach brings ‘great positive energy’ and that he lifts her spirits when times get tough.
‘Torben brings some great positive energy,’ she said. ‘So to have that in your corner is definitely an uplifting thing. After the loss last week, he was straight back on it.
‘There was definitely a moment last week when things clicked back into place. I think that the biggest thing for me is after the match in Sydney.
‘I didn’t waste any time at all. I was constructive and straight back on the practice court working, which was pretty unusual, to go out there straight after a loss like that.
‘So I was feeling good, and that’s definitely a moment where I was like: Okay, you know where you’re at, like, let’s just keep working and see what happens next week.
‘He was happy, you know, he wasn’t dwelling on it at all. So I think that was great for me to feed off.’