Emma Raducanu grateful for the support of ‘role model’ England captain Harry Kane

Emma Raducanu feels lucky to be in the corner of England captain Harry Kane as she tries to take the next steps in her professional career.

The 20-year-old enters 2023 with positive feelings about her game and her future, and appears to have overcome an untimely ankle injury ahead of her first-round match against Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch at the Australian Open on Monday morning.

Raducanu’s remarkable US Open victory saw him become the center of intense attention at home and abroad; As Raducanu tried to find his feet in the round, the British had to try to adapt first to the great noise around him.

Talking to other athletes who have experienced something similar has been helpful, and a few months ago Kane turned out to be someone he could turn to for advice and support.

Raducanu, who trained for Tottenham last year, told the PA news agency: “Harry is an absolutely fantastic role model and very professional and I think it’s really great to be able to talk to him.

“We haven’t talked much, but he’s obviously an outstanding player and that’s pretty cool, right? For one of his achievements, it’s pretty remarkable how humble he is. I have a lot of respect for him.

“It’s really great to talk to some other athletes. I think that’s good because we all understand what each other is thinking and going through from time to time. And at the end of the day, they’re really cool people too.”

Raducanu’s success in New York elevated her to superstar status and she felt like Disney character Hannah Montana – a young girl who had a secret double life as a pop star when she wore her MBE from King to Dior and went to get her MBE. November, until you change for training in the back of a car.

While most of his off-season was spent working hard on his physical condition and preparing for Australia, he was also invited to the FIFA World Cup final in Doha after playing a show in Abu Dhabi.

He enjoyed watching Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe pay their bills and said: “I think as an athlete you probably have a little empathy for how they feel and what they think in these pressure situations.

“I think you appreciate a lot more what he can do under these circumstances. But then you also have a bit of envy like, ‘Oh, I wish I had a tennis match of this scale and support that much.

“The atmosphere in the stadium was crazy. I’ve never heard of anything like it.”

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