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Emma Raducanu denies off field distractions are affecting her game

Emma Raducanu won't allow any off-court commitments to impact on her tennis.

It comes after England rugby coach Eddie Jones suggested the US Open winner might be getting distracted by things but Emma insists that's not the case.

She said: “I made it very, very clear to every single person in my team that I was not going to cancel one training session or practice session for any off-court commitments.

“That was a non-negotiable for me.

"I wanted to make sure that that is my priority and it is.

"So everyone’s clear about that.

"But it’s just managing my time with the commitments around that.

"Even if it’s not off-court events or whatever, I’m still doing my WTA rookie hours for example.”

And the 18-year-old star, who shocked the world when she went from complete unknown to winning the US Open earlier this year, insists she'll have a new coach in place for the Australian Open.

Emma parted company with coach Andrew Richardson in the immediate aftermath of her US Open triumph.

She added: “I’m here on my own and being my coach again this week, which I think is really good for me long-term.

"I’m really feeling positive about my coaching situation.

"It’s in a good place and yeah, I will have a coach in place in the Australian Open."

And far from believing she's facing any distractions, Emma is pleased to just be "living in the moment".

She said: “Only March the 18th was my first session on court in 2021.

“And so January, February, March I was literally just sat on my desk staring at a wall for nine hours a day.

"So I feel like where I am now I just need to really take it all in and enjoy because looking back at how far I’ve come it’s pretty surreal.

"I just really need to enjoy it because when I was in the beginning of year I would have never thought this was possible.

"I’m kind of just really living in the moment right now I feel.”

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