Andy Murray has smart explanation for how pandemic helped Emma Raducanu win US Open

Murray believed that a prolonged period away from competition had benefitted the British teenager and given her the upper hand over players who spent months competing in the juniors.

He added: “Obviously the last 18 months sort of pre-Wimbledon and the grass court season, she didn’t really compete a whole lot which maybe in some ways allowed her to make some technical changes to her game and develop that side of things when usually around that age, you know, 17, 18 year olds are competing a lot.

“They’re on the junior tour competing and then starting to sort of drip-feed in some senior tournaments as well and maybe that period there gave her an opportunity to fix some maybe slight technical issues in her game and she does seem to have improved her serve and her forehand.”

The three-time Grand Slam champion, who competed alongside Raducanu at last year’s Battle of the Brits tournament held during the pandemic, said he hadn’t spent enough time on court with the 18-year-old but expected she also had the ability to pick things up and develop her game quickly.

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