Coco Gauff urges Emma Raducanu to be careful of the dangers of social media
Emma Raducanu urged social media caution by fellow teen star Coco Gauff, admitting that ‘all the retweets and followers can be a bit overwhelming’ and revealing she has a time limit on her apps on her phone
- Emma Raducanu now has two million Instagram followers after her fame
- The 18-year-old won the US Open as a qualifier and without dropping a set
- The Brit is back in action tonight in Indian Wells at the BNP Paribas Open
- But American player Coco Gauff (17) had a warning for Raducanu
- Roger Federer has also expressed concern about the impact of social media on young players
- Raducanu was seen chatting and posing for the cameras with Andy Murray
Emma Raducanu has been warned by Coco Gauff about her use of social media in the wake of her US Open win and subsequent fame.
The British 18-year-old, who now has two million followers on Instagram, stunned the tennis world when she stormed to the women’s singles qualifier as a qualifier without dropping a set.
Now, amid endorsement deals and movie premieres, Raducanu is one of the new faces of the women’s game as she gears up to get back into action tonight in Indian Wells.
But American player Gauff, who rose to fame at Wimbledon in 2019 when she reached the fourth round at the age of 15, has urged her fellow teen to be wary of social media.
“It’s exciting when you get all the retweets, all the followers and all, but it can be a little overwhelming, at least in my experience,” Gauff said.
“That’s probably what I wish I had known, not to focus on social media.
“I put a time limit on my phone because I felt I was spending too much time on it. I have limited access to apps from 8.30 am to 9.30 pm.’
Emma Raducanu (left) has been warned about her use of social media by Coco Gauff (right)
The British 18-year-old now has two million followers on Instagram after her US Open victory
Raducanu plays for the first time since her New York triumph in Indian Wells tonight
Roger Federer recently warned young players like Raducanu about the ‘terrible’ dangers of social media.
“I think we need to help, coach and guide the younger generation more,” he said GQ.
“I can’t imagine going through the beginning of my social media career; I have no idea how I would have handled it.
‘For every ten nice comments there is always one negative comment and you naturally focus on that. It’s a terrible situation.
“Even when I’m feeling down, I know I have to behave a certain way in front of the world press. We must not forget that tennis players are athletes and professionals, but we are also people.’
Meanwhile, Raducanu was spotted heading to training in Indian Wells with Andy Murray as the pair prepared for their first round draw at the BNP Paribas Open.
Roger Federer warned young people like Raducanu about the ‘terrible’ dangers of social media
Raducanu and Andy Murray could be seen chatting in Indian Wells
The pair smiled for the camera as they caught up with the BNP Paribas Open in California
Early Saturday morning (UK time) the next phase of Raducanu’s career begins when she takes on Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells after receiving a first bye.
In Murray, Raducanu found a partner with similar experience, as the Scot won the men’s competition at the US Open in 2012.
The pair appeared in good spirits, chatting as they entered the courts and even posed for the cameras.
Murray was also seen talking to Raducanu’s temporary coach Jeremy Bates.
The teen dumped her coach Andrew Richardson just weeks after her US Open victory last month. It is believed that none of Raducanu’s parents, Ian and Renee, made the trip, as was the case with Flushing Meadows.
Murray was seen chatting with Raducanu and her temporary coach Jeremy Bates (right)
Despite headlined tonight’s California evening session, Raducanu is willing to keep trying to enjoy the moment, emphasizing that she didn’t feel any pressure: “I’m not there yet. I’ll let you know when that happens.
‘But not now. I just have fun playing in stages and locations like Indian Wells. It’s a step up from where I played in the lower 25s (Futures circuit). I feel grateful to be here.
“There are still so many tournaments on the Tour that I haven’t played, I’m really looking forward to doing it.”