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Emma Raducanu is ‘quick learner’ and will not be phased by rigours of WTA Tour after Brit’s incredible US Open win

ANDY MURRAY reckons Emma Raducanu is a ‘quick learner’ and can safely negotiate the rigours of the WTA Tour. Britain’s leading sportswoman is in Indian Wells this week for her debut appearance in the biggest event outside of the four Slams. Muzza, 34, is not one to be caught up in hype and frenzy but […] ...

ANDY MURRAY reckons Emma Raducanu is a ‘quick learner’ and can safely negotiate the rigours of the WTA Tour.

Britain’s leading sportswoman is in Indian Wells this week for her debut appearance in the biggest event outside of the four Slams.

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Emma Raducanu is a ‘quick learner’ and will be able to navigate the rigours of the WTA Tour, according to Andy Murray[/caption]

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Andy Murray has faith in budding superstar Emma Raducanu as they both prepare for Indian Wells[/caption]

Muzza, 34, is not one to be caught up in hype and frenzy but he has been naturally impressed with the teen sensation.

And the two-time Wimbledon champion is confident Raducanu has the right temperament and talent to succeed consistently.

The Scot said: “Often what separates the elite athletes from that level just below is that ability to learn quickly and process information.

“Not everyone can do that. Often though the top players and really elite athletes are able to do that.

“I haven’t spent lots of time on a tennis court with her. I don’t know but it wouldn’t surprise me either if she picked things up extremely quickly.

“The last 18 months pre-Wimbledon and in the grass-court season, she didn’t commit a whole lot.

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“Maybe that in some ways allowed her to make some technical changes to her game and develop that side of things.

“Usually around that age of 17 or 18, they are competing a lot, they are on the junior tour before drip-feeding into the senior tournaments.

“Maybe that period there gave her an opportunity to fix some slight technical issues in her game. She has seemed to have improved her serve and her forehand.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if she was a very quick learner. She is obviously a very smart woman as well.”

Murray faces Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the first round of Indian Wells, a tournament where he has a poor record given his illustrious display elsewhere in the States.

Earlier this week the UK government announced a £30million drive to capitalise on Raducanu’s US Open fairy tale.

More money will be invested into British tennis to refurbish more than 4,500 public courts in the most deprived parts of the UK.

Facilities in more than 1,500 venues which are in a poor or unplayable condition will be targeted – with £22million committed by Government and £8.4million provided by governing body LTA.

This is all part of the ‘Raducanu bounce’ that followed the 18-year-old’s history-making, record-breaking victory in New York last month.

World No121 Murray has often criticised the LTA in the past for their failure to take advantage of his brilliant career which includes two Wimbledon crowns, his own US Open triumph and world No1 status.

But he welcomed the news, revealing that he had been part of the commercial campaign behind the scenes.

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Emma Raducanu goes into Indian Wells with the hype higher than ever following her sensational US Open title[/caption]

Murray said: “It’s very positive. I knew that they were going to the government to try to get some money to refurbish a lot of the park courts. I even recorded a little video for it.

“It’s great for tennis anyway if the governments supports this.

“I have spoken about the importance of capitalising on the success of what Emma has done and will likely do in the future.

“It’s a positive step. We have quite a lot of tennis courts round the country.

“There are certain areas where we can do with maybe a few more indoor courts, certainly up in Scotland.

“A lot of those public courts are in pretty bad condition from what I have seen.

“I commented on a post online a few weeks ago about some park courts that had grass growing up to your knees.

“Clearly it is something that needs to be done and needs to be invested in – and hopefully that makes tennis more accessible for people to play.”

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